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Can You Only Catch Herpes During An Outbreak
Bloodtest: A blood test would show if you have been exposed to the herpes virus types 1 and/or 2 in the past. Once you have been exposed, the virus sits in your tissues and you can transmit the virus via kissing or vaginal intercourse. HSV 1 causes cold sores, HSV 2 genital herpes, although we see more and more women infected with HSV 1 that have genital herpes outbreaks.See 1 more doctor answer
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
A male with herpes during an outbreak. For the first time I am experiencing pain toward the tip of my penis during urination. Is this normal?
No: Genital herpes can shed even when there isn't an outbreak.
Yes it is.: You might want to use an antiviral medication - see your physician for this.
Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is a virus that you catch from someone who is infected with it. Most transmission occurs when persons shed virus but lack lesions. Usually skin-skin, skin-mucosa contact. Hsv is inactivated promptly at room temperature. Aerosol or fomitic spread unlikely. Infection occurs via inoculation onto susceptible mucosal surface or break in skin.
If someone has herpes but is not having herpes outbreak. Is it unlikely to catch it off them at that time?
What do you mean?: The herpes sores should not bleed themselves (but could if you pick at them once they have crusted over). Outbreaks tend to occur when your body is stressed or sick. Many women will experience herpes outbreaks during their periods but it can come at anytime during your cycle. If you frequently have outbreaks during your cycle you may be a candidate for supression therapy and should talk to your md.
Hopefully nothing: Leakage around the condom or rupture of the condom may well result in the person who is not infected becoming so. During acute outbreaks the lesions are often uncomfortable enough to preclude much sexual activity, but if not, condoms will generally minimize the risk. Nonetheless it would be preferable to wait until these lesions have healed over.See 1 more doctor answer
If you have unprotected sex while having herpes but not during an outbreak, can you still transmitt it?
Yes: Yes, if for no other reason than not all hepres 'outbreaks' are noticed by the afflicted!See 2 more doctor answers
Potentially Serious: Herpes simplex virus (hsv) infection is one of the most common viral sexually transmitted diseases worldwide. A pregnant female who has genital herpes during pregnancy must seek an immediate medical attention, as this infection may be potentially fatal to the fetus. Therefore, please inform your physician of this immediately.
If I take 400 mg acyclovir daily for herpes do I up the dose during an outbreak? Is there anything for immediate relief?
Nothing is Immediate: There is no magic treatment. During outbreaks, Acyclovir is typically taken as 200 mg five times a day. Discuss your dosing with your doctor.
Is it possible to have first herpes outbreak after 10 years, or never realized it? Is it possible my wife didn't contract it during this period?
Yes: Herpes can stay quiet for a long time, so its not unusual to have had an outbreak long ago that you've completely forgotten about and then have it reappear now.
How likely is it, that the herpes virus can be transmitted during oral sex if there's no outbreak present?
If a guy has oral herpes and kisses his girlfriend but it isn't during an outbreak, can the girl still get it?
Yes: The disease can be transmitted without current active lesions, however, it is far less likely than when active lesions are present.
Taking antiviral for herpes daily and large doses during supposed outbreak. Is this bad for me? As far as drug resistant virus go?
Correct way to use: This is the correct way to deal with recurrent, frequent herpes outbreaks. Daily suppression can decrease the frequency of outbreaks and then taking therapeutic doses when having an actual outbreaks.
If I have herpes why does my girlfriend only get the bumps if we have sex during an outbreak. She doesn't get them any other time.
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