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Contracting Herpes Simplex 1
Maybe: The herpes family of viruses are very common. Some people will get outbreaks, others who are exposed may never have an outbreak, and only with a blood test will find out they were ever exposed. For those who have outbreaks, they can release the virus before a sore is present, either oral or genital sores. ...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
Tell him...: ...To have his doctor prescribe an antiviral (valtrex, famvir, etc.) and make sure he takes it diligently. That will reduce your risk by at least 50%. Don't kiss him when he has a fever blister, or even when he thinks he might be developing one. That will bring your risk down to 20% or less. Until a vaccine comes out, that's about the best you can do. ...Read more
If my husband performs oral sex on me with a cold sore would i contract herpes? I know there are different types of herpes. So perhaps i would just run the risk of a herpes simplex 1 outbreak?
If a person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek, what are the chances I could contract herpes simplex virus 1? I washed it off 5-10 minutes after.
HSV 1 is prevalent: More than 3/4 of people have HSV 1. It is quite likely that you have the virus already. If you have had a cold sore, ever, you have HSV 1. Even if you get it, it is not a big deal for an otherwise healthy person. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Viral: Illnesses can pretty much all be transmitted and this one is no different. ...Read more
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