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Herpes Type 2 Symptoms In Men
...: Most people with genital herpes have no symptoms or mild non-specific symptoms that are not enough to cause them alarm. The “classic” symptoms are blisters or ulcers on the genitals, rectum or mouth. These can take 2-4 weeks to heal. The first episode can be accompanied by fever, headache and body aches. Repeated outbreaks are common. There is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk. ...Read more
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
It's an STD: Clarification to previous reply: "Active lesions" are not necessary to transmit. In people with HSV2, the virus is often present in the genital area without symptoms, and herpes often is caught from infected partners who don't know they are infected and/or who don't have an apparent outbreak at the time. Your partner also needs to be checked for infection, even if s/he hasn't noticed anything. ...Read more
Contagious but...: Herpes is a contagious std which is at its most contagious when you have active lesions. When lesions are not present, the disease can still be contagious but less so. Things that can reduce the odds of spreading to your partner are avoiding sex with active lesions, using anti-viral suppressive meds daily (your doc can help with this) and condoms, but nothing is perfect. Try www. Herpes. Org for info. ...Read more
Anti-viral meds: There are Anti-viral medications that can help shorten the duration. Good luck. ...Read more
Details matter: How do you know if you have hsv1 or 2? Sometimes genital herpes is type 1. Most people already have type 1 and cannot get it from another person. Has your boyfriend had a blood test to define his herpes status? Most people who harbor herpes, type 1 or 2 or both, have no symptoms and are not aware that they already have it. Ask again after you know the details. ...Read more
Acyclovir/ valtrex (valacyclovir): Depending on the severity and frequency of your outbreaks, different treatment regimens are used. Some people have such infrequent outbreaks that they are on no treatment at all. For frequent, recurring outbreaks, daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) may be used to suppress the outbreaks. For some people, instead of taking daily suppressive medicine, they begin oral Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir) at the first sign of an outbreak. ...Read more
I am in the medical field and contacted herpes type 2 on my arm. How can I treat it? How cautious should I be?
Valtrex (valacyclovir): Also zovirax (acyclovir), (acyclovir) Acyclovir and topical zovirax (acyclovir) ointment can be used to treat herpes. It decreases symptoms and shedding time of the virus but is not a cure. Contagion is a critical issue if you work with newborns or people who are immune compromised. In healthy individuals it is highly unlikely to be contracted without intimate contact or without direct contact to mucous membrane or broken skin. ...Read more
Dormant: Hsv 2 can lie dormant for many years. You could have contracted it 20 years ago, and just discover it now. When you are exposed to the virus initially, it causes an immune reaction, and those antibodies will always be present in your blood stream. The virus incorporates itself into your cells and stays there until your immune system is weak, at which point it comes out to bother you. ...Read more
If someone is infected with herpes type 2 and may have only been infected 3 months ago, would white cell count be normal now?
I have herpes type 2. My wife wants a child. If we have unprotected sex while im not having a outbreak, will she still get my disease?
Even though most of the time if you have sex without an outbreak it is safe. But some recurring outbreaks may have little or no symptoms or a very tiny lesion may be there and you are not aware of it, so there is a small risk
another option is that you consult your doctor and go on suppresive therapy with antibiotics like famciclovir, valaciclovir or acyclovri
acyclovir can be used by pregnant mothe. ...Read more
No: No, your baby will not automatically have herpes. It is more likely for your baby to become infected if you have an active lesion/ outbreak at the time of delivery. In this case, your doctor will recommend c-section for delivery. To prevent outbreaks close to time for delivery, you should take an antiviral in the 3rd trimester. ...Read more
Does taking 400 mg of acyclovir/day for profilaxy for herpes type 2, influence the result of an HIV test?
I have this itch sometimes I have discharge I got tested for all STD and it was negative I do have herpes type 2 can that be the cause?
Probably not: What you're describing can be seen in various conditions including bacterial vaginosis and vaginal yeast infection. It is unlikely that your symptoms are related to your history of herpes. With herpes you would have symptoms of soreness tingling or visual lesions. However with all this said I would recommend that you see your gynecologist to confirm why you have what you have. Good luck. ...Read more
If u r diagnosed with herpes type 2...Have unprotected sex.....And the next morning u develop an ulcer.....Were u contagious the nite of sex...?
Probably: You can be contagious with no ulcer or sore at all. ...Read more
Herpes type 2 result on paper: igg is < 2 - reference values 0.00 - 22.00 ru/ml igm is 0.14 - reference value >0.8 to < 1.1 do I have herpes?
Not enough info: The diagnosis of herpes is usually made based on painful lesions at the point of sexual contact and a history of potential exposure - scraping of lesions also can culture the virus, interpretation of blood tests depends on the timing (length of time between exposure or symptoms and the test). These results don't diagnose a recent infection, but can't interpret without more information. ...Read more
I keep having this vaginal itch sometimes dischagei got tested for all STDs and they all were nnegative I do have herpes type 2 can that be the cause?
Genital herpes: This is often manifested by painful ulcerations and seldom by itching alone, but anything is possible. More likely that you may be having a local reaction to something you are coming in contact with (allergy to tampons, lotions, contraceptive jellies, condoms, semen, and so on and so on). This needs to be worked out by examination and tests on the discharge and cannot comment without seeing these. ...Read more
Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls. Some will have skin leasions (blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile. Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more
Is there any safe way to make love with a girl with herpes type 2 (genital) and not be intoxicated? Is there anything we can do? Thank you.
Easy to prevent: I think you mean "infected", not "intoxicated". HSV2 is less often transmitted than you think. If you avoid sex during visible outbreaks, each episode of unprotected vaginal sex has about 1 chance in 1, 000 of catching it. Many couples go 10+ years without transmitting. You can further reduce the risk with consistent condom use and if she takes suppressive treatment, e.g. daily valacyclovir. ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with genital herpes. My b/f told me he got it from wrestling in school. Is it plausible that he got herpes type 2 from this?
Genital herpes affects the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals. It caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). Hsv is spread from one person to another during sexual contact.
Hsv-2 most often causes genital herpes. Hsv-2 can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals.
Hsv-1 usually affects the mouth and lips and causes cold sores or fever blisters. ...Read more
I was taking valtex 500 mgs a day for suppressive therapy for herpes type 2 for about a week. I started having numbness in my vaginal/buttocks area.?
Well: It may or may not be an outbreak. Remember that suppressive therapy is not perfect, but if you keep on having outbreaks with 500, then you may need 1000mg /day. ...Read more
Hello, I was recently diagnosed with herpes type 2. But lately I've been noticing a odor that almost smells like bleach or chlorine that is very strong. It has also been very itchy and irritated. I don't know if this could possibly be from my detergent or
Could be many things: It could be many things from detergent to vaginal infection. Change your detergent and rinse your underwear thoroughly before wearing, and if that doesn't solve the problem see a GYN MD. ...Read more