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Can you tell me about hsv-1?

Can you tell me about hsv-1?

Cold sores: HSV-1 is the virus that causes cold sores. However, it is found with increasing frequency as the culprit for genital herpes. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hsv-1 oral herpes and hsv-2 oral herpes viruses?

What's the difference between hsv-1 oral herpes and hsv-2 oral herpes viruses?

Practically nothing.: There is some difference in their viral RNA but both viruses act the same and are treated similarly. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has herpes simples virus. I think it's HSV-1. I'm worried. What should I know about this virus & how to treat it?

HSV-1: HSV-1 in laymen term is a cold sore. It is very common. HSV-1 is usually acquired in childhood by contact with oral sections that contain the virus. If there is frequent outbreaks of the virus then antiviral medications can be used to suppress the virus. Best to avoid contact with any active lesions. If he has HSV-2 then condoms would help. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has herpes simples virus. I think it's HSV-1. I'm worried. What should I know about this virus & how to treat it?

Prevention: HSV-1 (Herpes Labialis) usually affects the mouth/lips and most often are not sexually transmitted. It is spread by contact with secretions/lesions and is often transnitted among children in daycare and at school. If oral lesions are present it can infect the genital during oral sex. HSV-2 usually infects the genitals. There is no cure. Symptoms may be managed using medications to shorten the time ...Read more

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Can HSV shedding cause an outbreak if you already have the virus? Can any docs explain?

Not sure what you: are asking. A person who has infection with Herpes Simplex virus may have viral shedding even in absence of a skin lesion. The viruses that are shedding can infect someone else. In some cases a person can spread the herpes simplex virus to another location on their own body. ...Read more

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In order to "shed" HSV 1 & 2, would you have to have had a primary outbreak at some point? Or can u shed the virus without ever having any sores?

In order to "shed" HSV 1 & 2, would you have to have had a primary outbreak at some point? Or can u shed the virus without ever having any sores?

Herpes simplex: Both men and women can be virus shedders in the absence of overt lesions, but to a lesser extent. You need not have had a prior symptomatic outbreak. ...Read more

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In order to "shed" HSV 1 & 2, would you have to have had a primary outbreak at some point? Or can u shed the virus without ever having any sores?

HSV without rash: Unfortunately it is possible to have a herpes simplex infection and to have not had any clinical outbreak previously and yet shed the virus from the mucous membranes. It is also possible that the clinical episode was so mild that it went pretty much unnoticed. ...Read more

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How to tell if i'm affected by HSV 1 and 2 virus or HIV virus?

The best test: For past exposure to hsv is specific antibody but does not predict getting active lesions or not. Dx from lesions can be made by viral culture. Hiv is screened for by antibody as well and the virus RNA can be tested for in the blood. ...Read more

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I have hsv-1 what is the chance that I could transfer the virus to my bf, when I have no cold sores present?

I have hsv-1 what is the chance that I could transfer the virus to my bf, when I have no cold sores present?

Up to 50%: Half of all people have hsv1 by the time they go to college. So there is a 50% chance that your boyfriend already has it and there is no issue about passing it to each other. Even without an active cold sore, there is some asymptomatic shedding that occurs always, so you can pass it to him even if you don't have cold sore if he is negative for hsv1. ...Read more

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Don't have HSV 2, but curious how u can transmit the virus to baby during delivery if there isn't an active outbreak?

Don't have HSV 2, but curious how u can transmit the virus to baby during delivery if there isn't an active outbreak?

Virus is invisible: The virus is invisible to our eyes, but can be in the affected areas of the body in between outbreaks. If there are a lot of viruses causing tissue damage, then the patient feels the symptoms and sees the blisters and rash. If there are few viruses, and they are not causing symptoms, the patient doesn't know the viruses are there. ...Read more

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If you kiss (make out) someone who has hsv-2 but doesn't have hsv-1, is there any possibility of contracting the virus or become a carrier?

Yes, and...: Yes, a person can catch hsv-2 from somebody who has hsv-2. Also, hsv-1 is usually oral and is very common, which means some people have it and don't know they have it. ...Read more

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HPV or HSV viruses can be transmitted through towels , washing machines and dryers, toilets , used spoons or cups been used by infected person?

HPV or HSV viruses can be transmitted through towels , washing machines and dryers, toilets , used spoons or cups been used by infected person?

About worries...: As president Franklin Roosevelt once said, in 1933 about 83 years ago, "...let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..." Diseases are not transmitted via the washer / dryer. No worries. Go ahead and do laundry. Live life safely, but realize that everything we do or don't do will have risks. ...Read more

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What are the chances of transmitting genital hsv-1 to someone who hasn't been exposed to the virus?

What are the chances of transmitting genital hsv-1 to someone who hasn't been exposed to the virus?

Always a possiblity: The virus is most transmissible just prior to symptoms showing up and can continue while cold sores or herpetic lesions are visible. Best way to avoid is to try and keep the virus dormant by living a healthy and stress free life. You can also minimize or prevent outbreaks with a medicine called valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Herpes results back and hsv1 came back IgG 53.60. Does that mean i have had this virus for over three months? What does hsv, i/II 1.48 high mean?

Can't tell.: The presence of IgG usually means the production of a protective (usually but not always) antibody from past exposure but can't tell you how far in the past. I don't know what hsv i/II high means however since I can't make sense out of it. The presence of IgM ab would point to a recent or current infection. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between an anal fissure and an anal fissure caused by the herpes virus? Are other symptoms involved when its caused by hsv?

How to tell the difference between an anal fissure and an anal fissure caused by the herpes virus? Are other symptoms involved when its caused by hsv?

Herpes unlikely: Herpes can cause lesions similar to anal fissure, but the large majority of anal fissures are not herpes. However, if the fissure is new (within a few days), it is difficult or impossible to tell for sure only by symptoms. Initial herpes usually causes multiple lesions and often fever, etc; but maybe no other symptoms with recurrent herpes. See your doctor to for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between herpes simplex virus 1 and HSV 2?

Can you tell me the difference between herpes simplex virus 1 and HSV 2?

Yes: Both belong to herpes group of visuses which are dna viruses.Herpes simplex 1 mostly oral in about 85% of cases while herpes simplex 2 usually genital in about 85% of cases.Herpes simplex1 is thus mostly acquired orally but herpes simplex2 through genital sex. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

I was wondering what are the reasons HSV (herpes simplex virus) infects the human body?

Exposure: It's a kind of virus that can infect anyone it encounters. There is no 'reason' why; it just is that way. ...Read more

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Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Can menstrual blood by itself transmit HSV (herpes simplex virus)?

Indirect: Hsv lives in nerve cells and skin/mucosa (body surfaces). The virus doesn't really live in the bloodstream and would not survive long outside the body in drops of menstrual blood. However, menstrual blood can still contain other dangerous live viruses, including HIV and hepatitis, so it is always best to avoid direct contact with anyone else's blood (menstrual or otherwise). ...Read more

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Hi, what is that result means? Herpes virus ab profile blood, hsv igg 5.79 unit isr. Hsv Igm result negative/reference range negative..

Past exposure: The negative IgM level points to no current infection but the positive IgG level points to past exposure and protection (partial) against HSV. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a herpes simplex virus (hsv) IgG and IgM test?

What is the difference between a herpes simplex virus (hsv) IgG and IgM test?

Acute vs. chronic: Igm antibodies appear after recent infection and then disappear. Igg antibodies come later and persist, indicating chronic or past infection. In the case of herpes, the IgM is not widely used, because acute herpes is typically diagnosed based on clinical appearance or culture results. A positive igg indicates the presence of herpes, which is a chronic recurring infection. ...Read more

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An HSV-2 outbreak in te genital area could be both in both sides or is like other herpes virus which is one side?

All sides: HSV 2 lesions can be inside, outside, right side and left side all at the same time. Condom does not provide complete protection due the presence of lesions and viral shedding even without visible lesions, in areas not protected by a condom. ...Read more

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