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Herpes (Definition)

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


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Can you get herpes on your hands not your fingers but the top of your hands? I have red rash with open cuts on both hands.

Can you get herpes on your hands not your fingers but the top of your hands? I have red rash with open cuts on both hands.

Not herpes: For sure this sort of rash isn't herpes. It sounds more like eczema or an allergic rash. See your doctor -- or a dermatologist if your own doctor isn't certain. ...Read more

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If a guy fingered a girl with herpes.... Could he then finger me 10 days later and I get herpes?

If a guy fingered a girl with herpes.... Could he then finger me 10 days later and I get herpes?

Probably not: He would have to have a herpes lesion and his hands or not washed his hands during that time frame.
Be more choosy please. ...Read more

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Could I get herpes if someone touched the sides of my vagina with their fingers?

Could I get herpes if someone touched the sides of my vagina with their fingers?

Possible.: If this person touched an open herpes lesion on their own genitals or mouth and then immediately touched to your vaginal area then it is possible. The chances of transmission in this manner are rare. ...Read more

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Can I get herpes if a guy that had no previous contact with his genitals fingered me?

Can I get herpes if a guy that had no previous contact with his genitals fingered me?

It is unlikely: If he does not have active herpes lesions and no previous contact with his genital but there is always a possibility to get infected if his blood test show that he is infected with the herpes virus type1 or 2 or both because he will be shedding herpes virus for ever no matter if he has active herpes lesion or not. ...Read more

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Could I get herpes if someone touched the sides of my vagina (flaps, so near my undie line) with their fingers?

Could I get herpes if someone touched the sides of my vagina (flaps, so near my undie line) with their fingers?

Incredibly unlikely: Unless this person touched an open herpes lesion on their own genitals or mouth and then immediately touched your vaginal area, the chances of transmission in this manner are probably exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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If someone with herpes touch someone testicles can he get herpes, by touching with the fingers, didn't touch private before touching his testicles?

If someone with herpes touch someone testicles can he get herpes, by touching with the fingers, didn't touch private before touching his testicles?

No risk, no worry: Self-infection of a new body area with herpes is called auto-inoculation. It occurs once in a while within a few weeks of catching the virus. After that, people are immune to new infections with the same virus type, anywhere on the body, and auto-inoculation does not occur. If this person has had herpes more than a few weeks, s/he will never infecte another body area. No worries! ...Read more

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If you put your finger on someone's pocket that has genital herpes and then touch your face will you get infected?

If you put your finger on someone's pocket that has genital herpes and then touch your face will you get infected?

No risk: Herpes is transmitted only by direct skin-to-skin contact. For genital herpes, only by intercourse, not hand-genital contact. And no STD can be transmitted through clothing. ...Read more

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I get herpes simplex infection on finger. What is the treatment?

I get herpes simplex infection on finger. What is the treatment?

Anti-herpes drugs: This is often referred to as "herpetic whitlow." it's treated the same way other types of herpes are treated: with acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir. If you have infrequent outbreaks, you can treat the outbreaks when they happen. If they happen often, you can take a daily dose for prevention. ...Read more

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If I fingered a girl who has genital herpes will I get it? I do have a paper cit on my finger that I used.

If I fingered a girl who has genital herpes will I get it? I do have a paper cit on my finger that I used.

Not necessarily: But a break in the skin certainly increased your risk. Note: you may not know for days, months, or years since it can be asleep, or dormant, for a long time.

Remember, know yourself, know your partner, use barrier protection (condoms, dental dams, or gloves). ...Read more

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Can I get genital herpes from a guy who fingered me. He touched his penis then fingered me, but didn't have an outbreak.

Can I get genital herpes from a guy who fingered me. He touched his penis then fingered me, but didn't have an outbreak.

Doubtful: Usually spread through intercourse and sexual secretions inside of you. Not a bad idea to use condoms. ...Read more

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Can I get herpes if I fingerted a girl who has genital herpes? I do have a paper cut on my finger.

Can I get herpes if I fingerted a girl who has genital herpes? I do have a paper cut on my finger.

Yes: Herpes is a virus and can be transmitted through body fluids. For example, you may have oral sex with someone who has genital herpes and get "genital herpes-hsv-2" on your lips (as oppsed to the common hsv-1-cold sore herpes). Wearing condoms during sex and assuring you have no open hand sores (or even wearing gloves) is the best way to prevent the spread of hsv-2 (next to abstinence). ...Read more

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I get herpes simplex infection on finger, please tell me the treatment. I want to be a surgeon?

I get herpes simplex infection on finger, please tell me the treatment. I want to be a surgeon?

Whitlow: That variant is called herpes whitlow, and it's treated the same way as other variants - with valacyclovir or famciclovir. Topical medications are ineffective. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore & wipe saliva w/ my fingers on my penis to penetrate my gf, can she get genital herpes? I didn't touch the sore, just my tongue.

Not likely: Although there is a low likelihood that you transmitted herpes to your partner, it is possible to transmit virus from a cold sore and thus transmission to your partner could result in her developing genital herpes. The herpes virus could go from your cold sore to your hand and from there to your penis. ...Read more

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Can you get syphillis/gential herpes or any other types of STI's if you finger a women's vagina. The scenario is there no finger cot but finger is clean with no infection. What if the vagina has a sore that is not visible to the eye.?

Can you get syphillis/gential herpes or any other types of STI's if you finger a women's vagina. The scenario is there no finger cot but finger is clean with no infection. What if the vagina has a sore that is not visible to the eye.?

Rare But: Possible. Very small chance. Higher risk if you have open cuts or sores on your fingers or you have a compromised immune system. There is a condition called Herpetic Whitlow that was common in dentists before we all wore gloves so it is possible but still very unlikely. ...Read more

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How long does herpes on your finger last for? I have a little baby at home, can it be passed on to him?

How long does herpes on your finger last for? I have a little baby at home, can it be passed on to him?

First time?: The herpetic whitlow as it is called can be due to either hsv1 or hsv2 depending on which orifice the finger got it from. With antihsv therapy such as Acyclovir or valacyclovir, the lesion can be gone in less than a week. Hsv is not good for really little babies (neonates) but if you keep your finger covered and wash your hands, should be ok. ...Read more