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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
Friend thinks she may have contracted herpes from a child at her childcare facility, is this possible?
Possibly: The strain matters here. Generally hsv i causes cold sores and mouth ulcers, and is common with children. Hsv ii is the genital variety, generally contracted through sex. However, both types can cause problems in the alternate areas, so it is possible to become infected through an atypical route like you describe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
64 year old female .....Non sexuallyy active......Contracted herpes 2...... What are possible ways of aquiring.......Thank you kindly?
Old infection: The most likely explanation is that you acquired it some time in the past when you were sexually active, and just had a recent outbreak. ...Read more
I contracted herpes 6 years ago, I felt it come and leave, now it seems the process is entirely internal, I never get sores, is that normal?
Maybe,maybe not: Many kids pick up this virus in childhood and may have recurrent outbreaks during their life. It can occasionally be shed by asymptomatic persons, but if you did not have a noticeable outbreak (the first is usually the worst) by now it is unlikely you picked it up from her. Blood tests could show if you have antibody in your system and would likely mean you had it years ago and are immune. ...Read more
Fomites: When the virus sheds onto clothing or towels, it can remain infectious for a period of time until it is no longer viable. Washing clothes and towels also makes it unable to be transmitted. Close contact with skin while it is viable can transmit the virus and start an infection. ...Read more
Several ways!: Skin to mucous membrane contact, mucous membrane to mucous membrane contact are the most common ways to spread it to another. Visible lesions are not always present. Sores can be inside the mouth or vagina, and may be hidden. And if you acquire herpes, it is for life! if you have hepres, it is responsible to be on remittive therapy as not to spread disease! ...Read more
Herpes: Well it seems to be unlikely, you have not told me enough about your condition to even guess that its etiology. So sorry. Call your dermatologist. ...Read more
How big is the chance that you contract herpes from inanimate objects such as public tables, doorknobs, toilets, etc?
No risk, no worries: Of course another person's underwear should be laundered before wearing. But maybe you accidentally used a roommate's panties instead of your own? But still no risk; genital herpes has never been known (or even suspected) to be transmitted by clothing, even if the other person had an active outbreak of GH. It is caught only by sex with infected partner. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
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