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Chance Of Passing Herpes To Male
I am a female with herpes.....If condom broke during intercourse...What is the chances I could pass the virus to my male partner?
Very good however...: Herpes virus is passed from person to person by contact. However, to pass it on all depends on the stage of virus you were experiencing during intercourse. For example, it is most easy transmitted during the weeping blister stage. When this is dried up or no symptoms it is less easily transmitted. So depending on the stage of your infection he may be ok. ...Read more
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
Varies: The highest risk to newborns occurs during a primary (1st) outbreak around the time of delivery. That baby can pick up the germ from the birth canal or during delivery. Outcome can be fatal. Those with recurrent outbreaks have less risk (below 10%) but it is possible. Many women have elective c-section prior to labor to avoid any risk. ...Read more
Yes: That is certainly possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unclear: Are you concerned with passing it to your boyfriend when performing oral sex on him, or him getting oral herpes by performing oral sex on you? If it is the latter, the chances are good, assuming he does not already carry the virus. Many individuals have acquired the virus previously but do not display active lesions. ...Read more
What are the chances of me passing herpes to my boyfriend if I don't have an outbreak and we use a condom? What about without a condom?
Herpes: Genital herpes is a common problem. It is possible to transmit virus even without lesions--it is called aysmptomatic viral shedding. Barrier contraception (condoms) should be used and may reduce transmission, but not to 0--since not all areas are covered or protected. Consult your doc or gyn for any specific concerns or for treatment. ...Read more
What is the chance of passing genital herpes onto a woman when she performs oral sex on an infected man?
I am a 27 year old straight male and I contracted genital herpes 2 months ago. Is it possible to pass on the virus even when I have no symptoms?
Yes-herpes is tricky: Most people don't have outbreaks once they acquire herpes-so hopefully that is you, since they can be painful and embarrassing. You might be a risk though, even WITHOUT obvious rashes/sores because of something called 'asymptomatic viral shedding'. The best thing is to TALK to your partner (s) AND use protection. Barrier protection isn't 100% though for a number of reasons. There are antivirals too ...Read more
My girlfriend has genital herpes, what are the chances of her passing onto me the virus if she gives me oral sex, is gh passed through saliva?
Yes: Common question. Although the herpes virus is didactically notated as 2 separate viruses (hsv-1 and hsv-2, respectively), they are, in fact, the same virus. The -1, -2 just denotes the location. Hsv is highly contagious during it's prodromal phase and it's blister-form phase. Do not play around here, or you will get burnt. Have girlfriend get antiviral medication to keep outbreak controlled. ...Read more
What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?
Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it, baby sick around 2 wks. ...Read more
Before a cold sore appears the area will sometimes tingle, feel slightly raised and may appear red and inflamed. This pain or tingling sensation is called the prodrome (or warning symptom) and typically occurs 1 to 2 days before the cold sore appears.
A cold sore generally appears as a small, fluid-filled blister which goes through a cycle of phases. The lesions will last for 8-10 days. ...Read more
Ulcers!: Genital herpes is a viral infection that most commonly presents w/ painful sores or ulcers in the genital area. Outbreak can start as pain & itching. There may be small red bumps or tiny white blisters. Some pts have pain w/ urinating, recurrent vaginal irritation, painful lymph nodes in groin, pain down leg. Inital outbreak may feel like flu. Sometimes no symptoms. Culture of lesion diagnostic. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: It is not clear from your question where the herpetic eruption occurred. If this was genital herpes the answer is yes, you can pass it on because there is still viral shedding vaginally even in the absence of overt lesions. Good luck. If this doesn't answer your question, rephrase and ask again. ...Read more
Condom use?: With a condom and first time, practically zero, but if you are worried about your partner's honesty, it may be higher especially if you noticed sores around his genitals or mucus areas (oral to genital contact). Most importantly, practice safe sex to prevent other unwanted complications. Good luck. ...Read more
PCR is the best test:
Serologic blood tests for antibodies can differentiate HSV-1 from HSV-2. However, if this is a recent infection it may take several weeks for serology to be (+) for HSV.
Culture of the lesions will usually be (+) if you have a blister or ulceration due to HSV, but can give false negative results.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for HSV DNA and is much more sensitive (few false negatives) ...Read more
If a male have herpes and is never treated will they always have a break out and what will happen?
If anyone carries: The herpes virus there is no guarantee that they will ever have a clinical or visible lesion, but also they could get a lesion infrequently or frequently. We know that in times of stress, lesions more commonly appear. But the virus does stay in your body for the rest of your life. There is no cure but there are many medications now that reduce recurrences and transfer ...Read more
Hello, my boyfriend has herpes and I don't. I would love to find a way for us to have children with him passing it to our children and me?
Should be easy: Almost everyone in this situation has healthy babies without problems. Your partner needs to be on anti-herpes treatment (e.g. valacyclovir), which will lower the chance of transmission to you. You can then have unprotected sex during your fertile (mid-cycle) days. Once you conceive, it will be important to prevent new infection in the last 3 months of pregnancy. Discuss with your gyn. Good luck! ...Read more
I might have herpes not sure but if by some chance I do will I be able to have kids that won't get herpes or my wife that I would want to inpregnaet?
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
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