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Can herpes simplex i (lip herpes) affect pregnancy?

Can herpes simplex i (lip herpes) affect pregnancy?

Not typically: The stress of pregnancy on your body could help produce recurrent herpes blisters. The active virus is thought to be limited to the area and not systemically, so little concern is given to your developing baby. Be careful with active lesions after the baby is born, as the virus is very infectious from your lips to the child. No kissing of that precious gift when you have blisters! :). ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Could herpes simplex one become genital herpes?

Two Herpes: I think you may be confusing the terms and the infections. Herpes type one, infecting 75% of americans, is usually found near or on the mouth. But, it can infect any skin that it comes in contact with, including the genitals if one is not previously infected. Herpes type two, predominantly found on or near the genitals, and infecting 25% of americans can infect any skin it comes in contact with. ...Read more

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Will herpes simplex virus affect my pregnancy?

Will herpes simplex virus affect my pregnancy?

Probably not: If you have oral herpes, there should be no effect at all. If genital, make sure your obstetrician knows about it; she will know how to take necessary precautions to be sure your baby isn't infected during delivery. But for women with longstandings genital herpes, the risk to the baby is very low anyway. The main risk comes when a woman catches genital HSV in the last 3 months of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Why is CMV in the herpes simplex family?

Why is CMV in the herpes simplex family?

Herpesviruses: It's a cousin of herpes simplex virus. Both are members of the herpesvirus (not herpes simplex) family, among the things they have in common is that they both contain double-stranded dna and both cause chronic, latent infection. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy cause first herpes outbreak?

Can pregnancy cause first herpes outbreak?

No.: Pregnancy cannot, per se, cause herpes; but if the man who impregnated you has genital herpes, he could have infected you at the same time he got you pregnant. The first step is to get tested, and make sure you actually have herpes before trying to figure out what (or who) caused it. ...Read more

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Are genital sores and genital herpes the same?

Are genital sores and genital herpes the same?

Yes, maybe: If you have soreness, burning blister on the genital area is most likely a herpes genitalia. The term "sore" is not specific. I'd advise having a doctor lookat you. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex 1 cause outbreaks in your genital area?

Herpes: Outbreaks from herpes happen at the site that one was infected. They do not travel or migrate elsewhere on the body. The reason we no longer define herpes by the words 'oral' and 'genital' is that you can get these viruses on any part of your body exposed to them. ...Read more

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Symptoms Of Gential Herpes In Women?

Symptoms Of Gential Herpes In Women?

Ulcerated lesion: Typically you will see multiple open lesion on the external genitals that may be weeping and eventually crust over. These lesions are typically painful. Often times you may notice flu-like symptoms about 1-2 weeks prior to the genital lesions. ...Read more

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When was the first breakout of herpes simplex virus?

When was the first breakout of herpes simplex virus?

Historically ?: Are you meaning historically or yourself personally? Herpes simplex virus is related to the smallpox virus and has been around forever. Typically it occurs on nerve areas similar to shingles. I do not know if I have answered your question or not. Sorry. ...Read more

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Could a coldsore (herpes simplex virus) lead to genital warts?

Viruses: Nope. Not in any way. Warts are caused by either the human papilloma virus or the molluscum virus. Herpes is not in any way related to these viruses. ...Read more

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Is hsv2 and genital herpes the same thing?

Is hsv2 and genital herpes the same thing?

Herpes: New terms: Hi yes. The simple answer is yes. Doctors and others expert in the care of herpes are trying to de-stigmatize the term 'genital' herpes or even the word herpes. This common infection is from one of two types of herpes viruses. Type two is found in about 25% of americans and usually is found somewhere between the belly button and thighs of the infected person. Type one, is more commonly orally. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes infect a baby?

Can genital herpes infect a baby?

Yes: This is more likely to happen if mom has a first breakout around the time of delivery & delivers vaginally. Infection rates of around 30% have been cited. Risk drops for recurrent outbreaks & when mom takes suppression meds. Often a c-section delivery is scheduled or done as soon as the water breaks to prevent exposure. ...Read more

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Can herpes simplex be transferred to genital herpes by oral sex?

Can herpes simplex be transferred to genital herpes by oral sex?

Oral herpes can: Transfer. Be careful to avoid contact with all mucosal areas, eyes, cuts in skin, and private areas when lesions (vesicles/blisters) are present and even for a few days after. The virus is very infectious. Take care! ...Read more

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Does epstein barr virus make a herpes test positive since the EBV is a herpes simplex virus?

Does epstein barr virus make a herpes test positive since the EBV is a herpes simplex virus?

No: They are separate viruses that stimulate the production of different antibodies that do not cross react. ...Read more

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In what way is herpes simplex (oral) transmitted?

Herpes Simplex Virus: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. However, herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread to the mouth/ oral area. ...Read more

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Culture + hsv-1 genital. Blood test 3 wk later hsv-1: 2.21 hsv-2: >5.00. Possible both are genital? Higher antibodies in hsv-2 mean older infection?

Culture + hsv-1 genital. Blood test 3 wk later hsv-1:  2.21 hsv-2:  >5.00. Possible both are genital? Higher antibodies in hsv-2 mean older infection?

Not necessarily: The bottom line is that you are infected with hsv and may experience herpes lesions in the genital area. If you do, you may wish to be on treatment that can reduce the recurrences. Tell all your sex partners of your hsv status. ...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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Could innactive herpes cause genital herpes?

Yes: Even if a person who has a herpes simplex virus does not have active lesions they can still transmit the virus through a process called viral shedding. ...Read more

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Is it true that herpes simplex virus 1 turns into herpes simplex virus 2 when contacted on genitals?

No: Herpes 1 and herpes 2 are two different types of the same virus. Usually hsv1 causes cold sores and hsv2 causes genital herpes. However, one can see either type in both sites. It isn't a matter of the virus "turning into" the other. ...Read more

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Do they test for herpes simplex 2 during pregnancy?

Do they test for herpes simplex 2 during pregnancy?

Usually, yes: Herpes, gonorrhea, hiv, and human papilloma virus, are usually tested for in initial screening, among other things (like diabetes) during the first trimester visits. Usually, though, it is just a herpes virus screen, which includes herpes type i and ii, rather than separating them out. ...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


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