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Can You Catch Herpes Twice
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
How (un)likely is it to catch herpes from inanimate objects that someone with herpes may or may not have touched?
I got tested postive for herpes and my partner got tested negative when should he go get tested again. There any way that he can catch it.
Test during outbreak: Herpes is most commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse. The tests for herpes aren't perfect. They are most sensitive during an outbreak. If your partner isn't having an outbreak, the test may be negative, even though he is a carrier of the virus. If you have only ever had one sexual partner, that is probably where you caught it. If you have had more than one, its hard to know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My bf has just told me he has type 1 and 2 herpes. What does this mean? What will happen to me if I catch it? Will it effect my chances of having kids
Herpes: Herpes simplex viruses -- more commonly known as herpes -- are categorized into two types: herpes type 1 (hsv-1, or oral herpes) and herpes type 2 (hsv-2, or genital herpes). Most commonly, herpes type 1 causes sores around the mouth and lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores). Hsv-1 can cause genital herpes, but most cases of genital herpes are caused by herpes type 2. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare in modern era: Herpes once was a fairly common occupational risk among health care providers, usually involving a finger (herpes whitlow) from contact with patients' oral areas. It was especially common in dental health workers. It has become rare in past 30 years with routine gloves for patient contact with body fluids, cavities, etc. If you follow proper body substance precautions, you won't be at risk. ...Read more
If open sore--yes!: It doesn't matter "where" the kiss is, it matters where the open, moist, infected viral particles exist that can enter a tiny opening (yes, even "chapped" lips may be enough) in your lips, making you the next infected person! Antiviral medications and waiting until lesions are healed can minimize the risk of infection being transmitted to others, regardless of lips or genitals. ...Read more
Only by sex: ONLY by sex with a partner with herpes. Either genital sex, usually resulting herpes due to HSV2; or oral to genital, with herpes due to HSV1. However, new GH often first appears in monogamous, faithful couples. The infected person can be infected for years, and first develops symptoms that seem like a new infection. Or the other partner has it, doesn't know, and transmission finally occurred. ...Read more
More info needed: This is uncommon, and always preventable. Use standard precautions, including gloves when in possible contact with patients' body fluids or cavities. Otherwise no worries. If in doubt, ask your institution's infection control personnel. ...Read more
Possibly: If someone's active herpes lesions come in contact with your skin there is a possibility of transmitting the virus to you. It is more likely to happen if there is contact with open or abraded skin. However, the simple act of someone sitting on your lap is not likely to spread the virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I bought a lipstick at a drugstore I used it and it looked like someone swatched it to see the color I immediatley took it off can I catch herpes?
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