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Herpes Complex Virus
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
...: 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
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
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