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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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My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se

My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se

Test failure: The tests for viral presence and accurate identification (hsv-1 and hsv-2) are not 100% accurate. They tend to look for antibodies for the particular virus, which may not have yet been detectable when the test was performed. A re-test with one of the newer screening tests is advisable. ...Read more

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Do herpes 1 spreads the whole face or just the mouth.

Do herpes 1 spreads the whole face or just the mouth.

HSV1: Hi, HSV1 (Herpes 1) can travel along the sensory nerve of trigeminal nerve as the virus stays dormant in sensory Trigeminal ganglia, therefore it could lead to recurrences in the face and the oral, labial, and ocular mucosa. Although it usually reoccurs in the same spot as the primary infection has happened. ...Read more

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Is it ok to kiss if you are having a herpes or cold sore outbreak?

Is it ok to kiss if you are having a herpes or cold sore outbreak?

HERPES SIMPLEX: Herpes simplex labiales is a viral infection that can be transmitted by kissing by direct contact with the virus. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes. I have a painful large pump under my labia. It started to pus bad though. Outbreak or something else?

I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes. I have a painful large pump under my labia. It started to pus bad though. Outbreak or something else?

Genital Herpes: In general, genital herpes can cause ulcers and vesicles and pain but does not usually cause large masses that drain pus. This would be more consistent with an infected lymph node or another bacterial infection (like staph) or an STD. Would have it checked by your gynecologist ...Read more

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Positive blood test for HSV2 antibodies, does this mean I have genital herpes? I've never had an outbreak ...I'm confused -

Positive blood test for HSV2 antibodies, does this mean I have genital herpes? I've never had an outbreak ...I'm confused -

You had an infection: Herpesviruses 1 and 2 affect primarily the oral and genital areas respectively. You probably had a genital infection that was mild or misdiagnosed. ...Read more

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Can you get incurable genital herpes from a cold sore through oral sex?

Can you get incurable genital herpes from a cold sore through oral sex?

Yes but not easily: Type 1 hsv which is the virus that causes oral labial herpes or cold sores- does not transmit easily to the genital area- however it is possible. Thus oral sex should be avoided if a cold sore is present. ...Read more

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Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus ? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?

Can someone be immune to the herpes simplex virus ? And still have the shingles? If so is there a test you can take to see?

Painful 1-side rash: Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family. Herpes simplex viruses are also members of the same family but different viruses from herpes simplex. You can have one & not the other. Having antibodies to herpes simplex doesn't prevent you from having shingles. Shingles is a reactivation of chickenpox that a person had previously. There are blood tests for all 3. ...Read more

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What is herpes?

What is herpes?

Virus family: Herpes is a family of viruses characterized by small blister-like (vesicles) rash & by staying in the body until triggered again. Most common ones are herpes simplex i & ii which cause cold sores and genital sores. Chickenpox is a herpes virus that can reappear later in life as shingles. Epstein-barr & cytomegalovirus, roseola virus, & cause of kaposi's sarcoma are all herpes viruses. ...Read more

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What are the types of herpes?

What are the types of herpes?

Lots: There are 8 that affect humans. 1 and 2 are the ones people most commonly think about that cause oral and genital lesions. Chickenpox is another type. EBV is another that causes mononucleosis. CMV is another type that can cause many different symptoms.6 causes sixth disease a childhood febrile illness.7 mostly is benign. 8 is mostly commonly known for a type of cancer associated with AIDS ...Read more

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