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Doctor insights on: Herpes Complex Virus

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How many different types of herpes viruses are there?

How many different types of herpes viruses are there?

About 6: The two most common types of herpes virus r type 1 and type 2. Type 1 causes cold sores and type 2 causes genital herpes. With the sexual mores of today type 1 and type 2 maybe interchangeable. ...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


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Is there a virus similar to herpes 2?

Is there a virus similar to herpes 2?

Yes: Herpes simplex 2 is a virus. Herpes simplex 1 is a virus similar to herpes type 2. ...Read more

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Is herpes one and herpes two the same virus or not?

Is herpes one and herpes two the same virus or not?

Different viruses: That means having immunity to one type does not protect you from another type. There are eight currently identified types of the human herpes virus family: herpes 1 (HHV1), herpes 2 (HHV2), varicella zoster (HHV3, chicken pox, shingles), Ebstein Barr (HHV4, EBV), cytomegalovirus (HHV5, CMV), roseola (HHV6, sixth disease), human herpes virus 7 (HHV7), and Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus (HHV8). ...Read more

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Could herpes test detect the virus if its type i or ii?

Yes: Laboratory tests can be used to diagnose herpes simplex virus. A dna blood test (blood, lesion, spinal fluid) can be used ; will differentiate hsv1 ; hsv2.Blood is used to detect hsv antibodies. A viral culture can be done w scraping of a lesion. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be exposed to herpes and not get the virus?

Herpes: Yes. Of course. But, 90% of those infected do not have sores or outbreaks. The only way to test for herpes correctly is with blood tests. ...Read more

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Is there a virus that causes symptoms similar to herpes 1 & 2?

Is there a virus that causes symptoms similar to herpes 1 & 2?

...: In the us, amongst sexually active people the most common causes of genital ulcers are herpes and syphilis. Less common causes are chancroid and donovanosis. Non-infectious causes can include fixed drug reaction and behcet's. A visit to the doctor can help determine the cause and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How do you know who passed herpes to each other . Who had the virus first?

How do you know who passed herpes to each other .   Who had the virus first?

Difficult to know: This is a difficult question especially when both partners have had additional partners. There is a blood test that shows antibody status for hsv which may help determine whether you have been exposed to the virus previously. However, this doesn't help when both partners are infected. ...Read more

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If I have herpes and give someone oral am I automatically spreading the virus?

Maybe.: If you have active herpes blisters near your mouth, yes, probably. If you don't have any active lesions, possibly (that is controversial). Your doctor or a dermatologist can prescribe one of several antiviral medications that will decrease the chances of spreading the virus. ...Read more

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What is the safest way to be intimate with a woman with herpes with a less likely chance of contracting the virus?

What is the safest way to be intimate with a woman with herpes with a less likely chance of contracting the virus?

Herpes: First we need to know what type of herpes she has. Second, where does she have it? If it is not known then there is no way to test or guess where she is contagious. Many people are being put on a herpes mediation to suppress viral shedding, but this lowers the risk of transmission by 50% at most. 90% of people with herpes do not have an outbreak and thus cannot tell us where they are infected. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more