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Could you give some one herpes simplex 1 if you don't have a cold sore/fever blister?

Could you give some one herpes simplex 1 if you don't have a cold sore/fever blister?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...Read more


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Why did i get herpes simplex-1?

Why did i get herpes simplex-1?

Possibly from : Kissing. It is a common infection that is the most frequent cause of cold sores. ...Read more

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How can I know if u have herpes simplex 1?

How can I know if u have herpes simplex 1?

Medical evaluation: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. Hsv-1 can also cause genital lesions. See your dr or an std clinic for accurate assessment ; lab testing. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex 1, turn into herpes 2?

Could herpes simplex 1, turn into herpes 2?

NO: One does not morph into the other. But genital herpes can move to normal location of cold sores ; vice versa. ...Read more

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Where do I get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Where do I get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Depends on site: A swab of the oral cavity, urethra, vagina, or anal canal are all sites that can be used to test for herpes, although a blood test can also see if you already have antibodies. The blood test is not as good at determining if you have a current infection, as if you have been exposed --although it also depends on the test performed. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the cause of herpes simplex 1?

Please help! what is the cause of herpes simplex 1?

Herpes Simplex Virus: (hsv) 1 causes most oral cases (i.e. Cold sores). However, hsv -2 can also infect the mouth/ oral area. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is having herpes simplex 1 serious?

It's the most common: Reason for cold sores. (hsv-1 may affect the genital area but less frequent). Check out: herpes simplex 1: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310. ...Read more

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For how long can herpes simplex 1 live outside body?

For how long can herpes simplex 1 live outside body?

Herpes Virus: The herpes virus does not survive outside the body for more than about 10 seconds. ...Read more

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Could you compare and contrast herpes simplex 1 vs 2?

Could you compare and contrast herpes simplex 1 vs 2?

Herpes 1 and 2: the majority of Genital Herpes is Type 2 however about a third of genital herpes is t ype 1 wich usually occurs on the face and is know as a 'cold sore' they are close cousins! Besides using a condom to prevent spread of genital herpes, there are a number of antriviral medications that decrease spread and can shorten an outbreak. See your physician for a prescription ...Read more

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If i tested positive for herpes simplex 1, what to do?

Nothing: About 80% of folks have antibodies in their blood. Don't kiss people you aren't married to when there's tingling or blisters on your lips. Especially babies. If fever blisters pop up on your lips, your physician can help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: herpes simplex 1?

Viral infection: Herpes simplex 1 viral infection is very common in children and presents with mouth infection, with fever, eating difficulty, and drooling. The children get better, but the virus stays dormant in the area causing recurrent fever blisters in later life. ...Read more

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So the bf has herpes simplex 1, what are my risks from this?

So the bf has herpes simplex 1, what are my risks from this?

Viral: Illnesses can pretty much all be transmitted and this one is no different. ...Read more

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Why did i get herpes simplex 1? Who could I have gotten this from?

Did you kiss someone: Or share glass ware, utensils or makeup with someone who has cold sores? ...Read more

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My boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how easy is it to contract it from him?

Very: Direct contact with someone with herpes, during any time that they are shedding virus can very easily result in your contracting that virus. About 1 in 4 people in america have one of the herpes viruses, and about 90% don't know they have it. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how much at risk am I of contracting it?

Tell him...: ...To have his doctor prescribe an antiviral (valtrex, famvir, (famciclovir) 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

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Need expert advice. What health complications are associated with herpes simplex 1?

Herpes Simplex 1: At the time of initial herpes simplex virus type 1 infection a person may have fever, weakness, sore throat, painful lesions (most often on lips, around mouth, gums, tongue, cheeks), swollen ; /or painful lymph nodes in neck. There may be a gray coating on the tongue. It can be spread to genitalia. ...Read more

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What can I do if my boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how at risk am i of contracting it?

What can I do if my boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how at risk am i of contracting it?

High: Your risk is quite high of contracting the herpes virus from your boyfriend. If he knows when he is getting a lesion, you should avoid contact with that area to minimize your risk. There is medication that he can take to decrease the risk fo transmission. ...Read more

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My girlfriend, who i absolutely love, has herpes simplex 1 from her family. How do we still stay together without me getting it?

Herpes: Herpes type one is found in 75% of americans. Your girlfriend, if you are found to not already have an exposure history of this common virus, can be put on medication to suppress her contagiousness by 50% if you like. The unfortunate truth, however, is that there is no way to predict when she is or is not contagious. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contagious is herpes simplex 1?

Herpses: great link for info on herpes 1 & 2 http://www.webmd.com/genital-herpes/pain-management-herpes Good luck. ...Read more

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How accurate is serology for herpes simplex 1 and 2?

How accurate is serology for herpes simplex 1 and 2?

Viral isolation: None of the serologic tests will convincingly differentiate between herpes types 1 & 2 infections. The only way to definitively do this is to isolate the virus and test it for type. ...Read more

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Please help docs! where do I go to get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Please help docs! where do I go to get tested for herpes simplex 1?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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How/why is herpes simplex 2 considered worse than herpes simplex 1?

It isn't: These viruses are very similar except that type i usually infects around the mouth and type ii around the genitalia. ...Read more

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I have herpes simplex 1. How likely is it that i will to infect a partner?

Can be very: Easy to do if you are not careful when you have these lesions. Avoid contact during this time. Also be careful with yourself -- you can easily infect your eyes. Once you have it you have it for life. This is something you must be responsible not to share. Good luck and be careful. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some public safety precautions for herpes simplex 1?

I was wondering what are some public safety precautions for herpes simplex 1?

A few: Do not kiss anyone while you have an active lesions you should also not share towels or eating utensils. ...Read more

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I have herpes simplex 1. Will i be able to kiss someone without infecting them?

Depends: If you have no active lesions, you should be fine. If you have active lesions, or think you are getting one, then you should abstain, or you run the risk of infecting them. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how should I take precautions to avoid catching this?

My boyfriend has herpes simplex 1, how should I take precautions to avoid catching this?

Difficult situation: Hsv 1 infection is transmitted from person-to-person from infected oral secretions or lesions by close contact. If you kiss him on the mouth, there is a possibility the virus may be transmitted to you. If he performs oral sex on you, you may develop hsv 1 genital herpes. However, most hsv 1 infections in immunocompetent patients are asymptomatic or clinically mild. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting herpes simplex 1 from oral from someone who hasn't ever had an outbreak, but does have it? He got tested

What are my chances of getting herpes simplex 1 from oral from someone who hasn't ever had an outbreak, but does have it? He got tested

Small but not zero: He probably has a positive antibody test, which means he's been exposed to the virus, but does not necessarily mean he has active hsv. The risk of such people transmitting the virus is small, but not zero, and can be lowered further if he takes an antiviral (valtrex, famvir) regularly. Whether long-term antiviral treatment is advisable must be decided by his doctor. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more