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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 more
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 more
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 more
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?
My friend learned she has herpes 2 from her ex. Never saw symptoms on him (he was unaware he had it...). Possible to catch h2 if no symptoms present?
No risk: Extremely unlikely. Don't worry about it.Get a more detailed answer ›
Dear doctors on ht. Thank you for answerin my? S. I m stressed for 2mo now. I will get tested, pray4me. Hope I dint catch herpes. Want 2 say 2u thanku
You are in my prayer: Your are in my prayers. Others will read this and pray for you also. God's blessings and the healing power of the holy spirit be with you. ...Read more
Contact: Herpes is transmitted by direct contact. The forms are generally oral and genital - -contact of either affected region to either region can result in transmission. Painful vesicles which are fluid-filled appearing blisters. No, it's no curable - you can suppress it and take medication when it flares up, but there's no permanent "cure" per se. ...Read more
Herpes and new info:
There is no way to honestly or correctly answer this. But, one would assume the risk is lessened while on this medication, but it not more than 50% lessened. One is still at risk for getting infected, even on medication.
Remember the new rules: every sexually active adult needs the herpes blood tests to know their status. One can be infected without knowing it because no sores occurred. ...Read more
If someone has herpes but is not having herpes outbreak. Is it unlikely to catch it off them at that time?
If someone suffers from the shingles really bad and then catches herpes would that make theherpes just as bad.
Shingles = herpes: Shingles is a reactivation of herpes zoster also known as varicella zoster virus (VZV) which causes chickenpox, typically as a child. So the first infection is known as chickenpox which then goes away, actually laying dormant in some nerve root. Upon reactivation, it wanders down nerve & manifests as a stripe of painful blisters known as shingles. Vzv is not same as hsv or herpes simplex virus. ...Read more
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