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Could I breastfeed if I have genital herpes?

Could I breastfeed if I have genital herpes?

Yes.: Yes, with care. The herpes virus is not transmitted through breast milk, but your baby could get infected by touching a blister on your body. To avoid this, always keep clean clothing between your baby and any affected area of skin. Thoroughly wash your hands after using the toilet or touching a sore, and wash your hands and lay a clean towel on your lap before holding your baby. ...Read more

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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Could I have genital herpes even if i don't have blisters?

Could I have genital herpes even if i don't have blisters?

Yes: You can even be contagious without blisters being apparent through a phenomenon called viral shedding. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes type 2, so if I get pregnant would my baby automatically have it?

I have genital herpes type 2, so if I get pregnant would my baby automatically have it?

No: No, your baby will not automatically have herpes. It is more likely for your baby to become infected if you have an active lesion/ outbreak at the time of delivery. In this case, your doctor will recommend c-section for delivery. To prevent outbreaks close to time for delivery, you should take an antiviral in the 3rd trimester. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore, can I get genital herpes?

If I have a cold sore, can I get genital herpes?

Not Usually But: Oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth area. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1). There are two types of hsv, termed hsv-1 and hsv-2. See links for more information: 1) http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/oral_herpes/article_em.Htm 2) http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000606.Htm. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes symptoms, but not sure if I have it! please help?

Get tested: If you have a sore, that's the best way to test. Doctor can do a viral culture which is very specific and accurate. Otherwise blood tests can be done to assess ever-exposure. Good luck and i hope it's negative! ...Read more

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Do I need shingles vaccine if I might have had genital herpes?

Do I need shingles vaccine if I might have had genital herpes?

No: Totally unrelated! shingles vaccine is recommended for those over the age of 65. There is no vaccine for herpes, a totally different virus. ...Read more

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I have test positive for HSV 1 but I have not any symptoms. I have been having dry spots on my penis that I am not sure is my first outbreak. I know that HSV 1 usually cause moutb cold sores but since I have not had any I am curious if I may have genital

I have test positive for HSV 1 but I have not any symptoms. I have been having dry spots on my penis that I am not sure is my first outbreak. I know that HSV 1 usually cause moutb cold sores but since I have not had any I am curious if I may have genital

Maybe : We know now that 1 in 5 Americans have the HSV 1 and/or 2 virus.The vast majority of them don't even know that they have it.The slide used in lectures is of an ice berg with the portion above the water being those who have had outbreaks.Unfortunately both types 1and2 can be either oral or genital and the only way to know where u have the virus is by having an outbreak.The best advice is to b safe ...Read more

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Can I have sex if I have facial herpes?

Can I have sex if I have facial herpes?

Yes: You can get blood tests for herpes. Most of us are already pos for type 1. Type 2 is genital, but sometimes is on the face. Sometimes type 1 is on the genital area. The virus is known to be present about 25% of days even when there are no symptoms. Acyclovir and other creams are a waste of money. If you and your partner have blood tests pos. For the same virus, you are a perfect match. ...Read more

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If I have genital herpes, could I be immune to oral herpes?

If I have genital herpes, could I be immune to oral herpes?

No: All forms of herpes are caused by a virus that lies latent in the body until it decides to cause external lesions. Once you have the virus it remains in the body and the strength of your immune system plays a role in whether you will exhibit lesions or not. Having one kind does not keep you from having another and actually makes you more likely to have breakouts in multiple areas. ...Read more

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If I have herpes will i always be contagious?

If I have herpes will i always be contagious?

Theoretically: Herpes virus is shed primarily when lesions are active, but unfortunately it is possible to transmit the virus even when there is no obvious lesions present. ...Read more

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I have oral herpes 1, I don't have it genitally, if I have unprotected vaginal sex can my partner get infected?

I have oral herpes 1, I don't have it genitally, if I have unprotected vaginal sex can my partner get infected?

Vaginal sex no risk: Herpes can only be transmitted by direct, personal contact with the infected area. Assuming you do not also have genital HSV1, vaginal sex cannot transmit it. However, kissing or oral sex could transmit it to his mouth or penis, respectively. He could have a blood test to see if he already has HSV1 (half the population has it). If so, he is immune to catching it again. ...Read more

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Should i get tested for genital herpes, if i am not having any symptoms?

Herpes: Every sexually active adult and anyone in relationship should be tested for Herpes. 90% of those infected do not have sores or recurring outbreaks but are just as contagious as those that do have sores. Please get tested. Know your status. ...Read more

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Can I still have sex even if I have genital herpes or not ?

Can I still have sex even if I have genital herpes or not ?

Yes, but...: Yes, and keep in mind that herpes is certainly contagious. See your doctor and discuss medications that might help. Also, have a discussion with your sex partners. It they are already positive for herpes, as well, then there is much less to worry about. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a cold sore in my mouth and im scared i might have genital herpes?

See a physician: The sore in your mouth is probably an aphthous ulcer which isn't viral and will resolve in 10-14 days...If you suspect genital herpes see your physician for advice and treatment options. ...Read more

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Will i be able to have normal sex if I have simplex herpes?

Will i be able to have normal sex if I have simplex herpes?

Genital herpes: Herpes genitalis is a viral infection of the penis or vagina, which came the first time, from sex with another person who was infected. The virus then pops up by itself without having to get it from anyone else. If you have herpes, you must try to avoid having sex when you have an active herpes sore. Drugs, like Acyclovir kill the germ and prevent you from spreading it, and so does condoms. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have gotten genital herpes from my partner even though he's never had signs of herpes?

Possibly: If he has the virus in his system it's possible to transfer the virus even though he may not have an obvious infection. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have female genital warts or herpes?

How can I know if I have female genital warts or herpes?

Different symptoms: Warts and herpes don't look, feel, or behave like one another. Painless bumps that last more than 2-3 weeks may be warts, but never herpes. Blisters or open sores that clear up in 1-2 weeks may be herpes and never are warts. If anything at all is wrong in your genital area, stop guessing and see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more