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What percentage of people living with the herpes simplex virus will show symptoms?

What percentage of people living with the herpes simplex virus will show symptoms?

10%: Although genital herpes is extremely common, experts estimate that only 10% of the population is aware that they have it. The most common presentation of a herpes outbreak is no sign - yet it can still be transmitted to a partner. ...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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Is it possible to transmit herpes simplex virus 1 to your partner during oral sex if you don't have the symptoms?

Is it possible to transmit herpes simplex virus 1 to your partner during oral sex if you don't have the symptoms?

Yes: It is possible to transfer the virus even when there are no symptoms- this is asymptomatic viral shedding. Taking medication like Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Acyclovir can reduce this risk. See my article below: http://www.Lasvegasdermatology.Com/in-the-media/its-not-a-cold-sore-its-herpes. ...Read more

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Herpes simplex virus 2. How dangerous is it?

Herpes simplex virus 2. How dangerous is it?

Depends: Dangerous can mean different things to different people. It can be dangerous because it causes genital lesions which are hazardous to your sex life. It can also rarely cause meningoencephalitis (brain and surrounding tissue infection) which is far more life threatening. However, the most common presentation of hsv-2 is genital herpes, which is not life threatening. ...Read more

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Question about herpes simplex virus 2. Is that the good kind?

Question about herpes simplex virus 2. Is that the good kind?

Worse than HSV-2: There's no "good kind" of herpes, but hsv-2 is worse than hiv-1. It's sexually transmitted and causes recurrent genital herpes, whereas hsv-1 usually just causes cold sores. ...Read more

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

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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Can you get genital herpes simplex virus 2 from someone who has oral herpes 1?

Yes: Oral herpes simplex virus-1, can be transmitted to the genitals via fellatio or cunnilingus, just as hsv-2 can be transmitted from person's genitals to an other person's mouth. Thus you should avoid oral sex with anyone with a sore on his or her mouth. Hsv is extremely contagious even in the absence of symptoms or visible lesions. Thus beware! ...Read more

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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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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...Read more