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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex 1 (Definition)

Herpes simplex 1 viral infection is very common in children and presents with mouth infection, with fever, eating difficulty, and drooling. The children get better, but the virus stays dormant in the area causing recurrent fever ...Read more


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I tested positive for hsv1 at 62.20 High it says, but I haven't had a coldsore since elementary school, is this an old or new infection?

I tested positive for hsv1 at 62.20 High it says, but I haven't had a coldsore since elementary school, is this an old or new infection?

Probably old: All that can be said from this test result is that you have been infected with HSV1 for at least several weeks. The number itself says nothing about how long, and it could be since childhood. If your cold sores all those years ago were typical oral herpes -- i.e. blister-like sores on the outside of the mouth, not canker sores inside -- you can safely assume it explains your positive test. ...Read more

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My IgG type specific test results were HSV1: 50.40 and HSV2: 17.60. This means I have both viruses correct? I'm confused why they are so high.

My IgG type specific test results were HSV1: 50.40 and HSV2: 17.60. This means I have both viruses correct? I'm confused why they are so high.

Meaning....: The IgG tests mean that you have had these viruses at some point in your life. It does not necessarily mean you have an acute infection now. The IgM antibody tests are more indicative of an acute infection if these levels are elevated. ...Read more

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How high (%) are chances of passing on HSV1 with an active sore through kissing and oral sex? Does the other one automatically have HSV1, too?

How high (%) are chances of passing on HSV1 with an active sore through kissing and oral sex? Does the other one automatically have HSV1, too?

HSV1 transmission: There is no way to know the exact risk. For sure the partner will not "automatically" be infected. Among other things, many people have HSV1 but don't know it; they will not be infected, because the immune system prevents reinfection with the same HSV type. But for sure the infected person should avoid exposing other persons by kissing or performaing oral sex during outbreaks. ...Read more

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Herpes results back and hsv1 came back IgG 53.60. Does that mean I have had this virus for over three months? What does hsv, i/II 1.48 high mean?

Herpes results back and hsv1 came back IgG 53.60. Does that mean I have had this virus for over three months? What does hsv, i/II 1.48 high mean?

Can't tell.: The presence of IgG usually means the production of a protective (usually but not always) antibody from past exposure but can't tell you how far in the past. I don't know what hsv i/II high means however since I can't make sense out of it. The presence of IgM ab would point to a recent or current infection. ...Read more

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I gave birth last yr & for 6 months now, I've had hsv1 oral breakouts. I'm still breastfeeding and taking high dose meds for it, why won't it go away?

I gave birth last yr & for 6 months now, I've had hsv1 oral breakouts. I'm still breastfeeding and taking high dose meds for it, why won't it go away?

Hormone changes: Hsv activates in response to many things that put stress on your immune system, including illness, medications, period, pregnancy, even chapped lips! you ask the $64000 question: why can't we cure viruses? Who knows? You're taking the best route to controlling it. Be careful to not touch your baby after your lips. 95% of those infected will infect even if no lesion present! Wash hands a lot! ...Read more

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Hsv1 IgG 53.60 high Hsv 2 IgG <0.91 Hsv IgM I/II combo 1.48 high What does all this mean? My herpes results from the lab! Doc wasn't helpful

Hsv1 IgG 53.60 high Hsv 2 IgG <0.91 Hsv IgM I/II combo 1.48 high What does all this mean? My herpes results from the lab! Doc wasn't helpful

HSV serology: Without knowing specifically what test technique was utilized cannot give you specifics other than to say that you have had Herpes simplex Type 1 infection sometime in the past and probably have not had Type 2, since even though you show some antibody it may be overlap from the Type 1 antibody. Why wasn't the doctor helpful? Talk to them and insist. Why did you do this anyway? ...Read more

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Chances of getting hsv1 receiving fellatio from high risk partner, no visible mouth sores? Itchy urethra for a month, no noticeable lesions. What isit

Chances of getting hsv1 receiving fellatio from high risk partner, no visible mouth sores? Itchy urethra for a month, no noticeable lesions. What isit

Not herpes. NGU?: If the oral partner doesn't have a visible oral herpes outbreak, the chance of HSV transmission from any single exposure is probably one in 1000 or even lower. Herpes doesn't cause "itchy urethra" as the only symptom, and herpes symptoms never last for a month. So for sure not herpes. If any discharge, maybe nongonococcal urethritis or, much less likely, gonorrhea. See doctor if symptoms continue. ...Read more

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What other STDs test should I go for apart from HEP A/B/C, HSV1&2, VDRL, EBV, chlamydia after my high risk expsre 6 mnth bak. Already neg at 3 & 5 month.

What other STDs test should I go for apart from HEP A/B/C, HSV1&2, VDRL, EBV, chlamydia after my high risk expsre 6 mnth bak. Already neg at 3 & 5 month.

You're good: Stop worrying, learn from your experience, love wisely and love safely from now on. Even though your exposure was risky, cherish having shared love. Even though human love is never perfect or risk-free, there is always something to treasure. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hsv1?

What are symptoms of hsv1?

Cold sores: Initial symptoms may be more severe than just cold sores. Fever, lymphadenopathy, malaise, and rash of the affected area. This is usually more common in children and infants and sometimes is mistaken for a bad teething episode. Secondary infections are almost always cold sores. ...Read more

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How easy it to spread the hsv1?

How easy it to spread the hsv1?

Very Easy: Kissing can spread it, using the same silverware, the same toothbrush, etc. It cannot be spread unless you are in an "active" phase, but the active phase starts before the lesion appears, so theoretically someone who has hsv-1 is always contagious. Talk to your dentist about valcyclovir and take a look at abreva (otc). These 2 medicines shorted the outbreak and decrease future outbreaks. ...Read more

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Can you advise for hsv1&2 test results?

Unsure: I realize that your question has been present for some time. I am unsure what you are specifically asking. Do you have the results of a test that you want explained? Do you want to know when you need a test? What are hsv1 and hsv2 might be your question? It is unclear to me and others. Please clarify your intent. Thanks. ...Read more

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What are all the symptoms for hsv1 please?

What are all the symptoms for hsv1 please?

HSV1 symptoms: (HSV-1) typically causes cold sores. Cold sore blisters can occur in many different parts of the body but are most common on or around the lips and cheeks and last 7 - 10 days. ...Read more

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What can I do to know I have hsv1 or not?

What can I do to know I have hsv1 or not?

Hsv1: It is most often soreson the border of the lip where it meets the skin around the mouth, especialy between the upper lip and the nose. It is a cluster of little vesicles that eventualy break open and weep, forming a yellowish crust. Many patients say their lip tingles prior to an outbreak. In some patients they can be painful, but asymptomatic in others. See your physician and get treated. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions with hsv1&2 test results?

Can you give me suggestions with hsv1&2 test results?

Discussing results: The doctor ordering the tests should be the one discussing the results with you. Call and ask. ...Read more

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How can I deal with HSV1 mean which mdeication should I use?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): For recurrent oral herpes 2 grams of Valtrex (valacyclovir) as soon as symptoms begin and 2 grams 12 hours later can help reduce the duration and size of lesions. If you have a dentist with a laser in the area, laser treatments are very effective. For info click here...http://www. Laserdentistbaltimore. Com/mouth-ulcer-and-cold-sore-laser-treatment/ ...Read more

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How common is hsv1 among adult americans? How many see symptoms?

How common is hsv1 among adult americans? How many see symptoms?

HIV: Statistics are meaningless because many people with HIV disease are unaware that they have it and have not been diagnosed. Therefore there is a large uncounted pool out there. Symptoms of acute disease do occur, usually as a mononucleosis-like syndrome, but there may be none until the patient is profoundly immune suppressed. If you want numbers, go to cdc website. ...Read more

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Which precautions can I take to avoid catching hsv1?

Which precautions can I take to avoid catching hsv1?

Salivary exchange: The short and simple answer to this is to not exchange saliva with an infected person. If they are infected and the virus is not active, the risk of transmission is lower. Contact with an infectious area of the skin during re-activations of the virus via kissing is to be avoided for the least amount of risk. ...Read more

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Can hsv1 remain dormant for over 20 years and then flare up?

Yes: Hsv type 1 and type 2 infections are chronic/life long. Even without a flare up, the virus is produced by your cells at low levels and you can be contagious. Not all causes of flare ups are clear; they tend to occur during times when the immune system is decreased. This can occur with stress, fighting other infections (like a cold) or with certain meds. Certain meds can decrease contagiousness. ...Read more

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Could hsv1 go away and question #2 is it ok to kiss when you have hsv1?

Could hsv1 go away and question #2 is it ok to kiss when you have hsv1?

No ; risky: Hsv1 is a virus that does not go away, but it stays dormant sometimes instead, and exacerbate other times, so kissing also is risky if you or the other party have any open wounds.. ...Read more

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How effected is it to pass on hsv1 after the first outbreak has cleared?

How effected is it to pass on hsv1 after the first outbreak has cleared?

HSV1: Cold sores are really contagious. If you have a cold sore, it's very easy to infect another person with HSV-1 through direct contact. There is no cure for cold sores. However, some medications may relieve pain and soften HSV crusts on the skin. ...Read more

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My friend has had HSV1 from birth. We share drinks and make up sometimes. Am I safe?

My friend has had HSV1 from birth. We share drinks and make up sometimes. Am I safe?

HSV is very common: HSV 1 is a very common infection and most of us get it as children. Reactivation of the virus causes cold sores. You have in likelihood been infected and did not know about it. ...Read more

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How likely low HSV1 positive (1.42) be false positive while above 1.1 is considered positive?

How likely low HSV1 positive (1.42) be false positive while above 1.1 is considered positive?

Depends on test used: The question really hinges on exactly what test was used (there are several), so you will need to discuss this in detail with your healthcare provider.

Some HSV antibody tests have high rates of false positives and false negatives.

You can read a discussion about some of the complexity with this question at https://www. Statnews. Com/2017/01/26/herpes-testing-false-positives/ ...Read more

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If you already have hsv1 orally, does that mean you cannot get hsv1 genitally since you already have it?

If you already have hsv1 orally, does that mean you cannot get hsv1 genitally since you already have it?

HSV 1 and HSV 2: Herpes simplex is divided into two types: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. Both of these conditions can affect your mouth or your genitals, and can be spread via oral sex. There no cure for HSV infection and often stress is an aggravating factor. Cold sores generally clear up without treatment within 10-14 days. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Can I get hsv1 by sharing a hookah (same tip) with people who I later found out may be hsv1 positive? If so, how likely if they had no visible sores?

HSV-1: The herpes virus can occasionally be spread when there are no symptoms due to a phenomena known as viral shedding.

It is possible for a person to carry the herpes virus without knowing that they have it, in fact, up to 80% of people who are infected with hsv-1 show no signs of the infection. So it is possible for a person to unwittingly transmit the infection to their partner. ...Read more

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My new boyfriend tested positive for HSV1 in his military physical. Should we break up? Is this something you're always tested for? What should I do?

My new boyfriend tested positive for HSV1 in his military physical. Should we break up? Is this something you're always tested for? What should I do?

Normal finding: This is normal! Half of all adults test in the US (up to 90% in some countries) test positive for HSV1. Usually it's due to oral herpes acquired in childhood. Even if genital, HSV1 is rarely sexually transmitted to partners. Of course you should not break up over this. (Even gential herpes due to HSV2 would not, in itself, be a good reason to break up.) ...Read more

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Can you get rid of hsv1?

Can you get rid of hsv1?

Herpes: No. Unfortunately a herpes infection is permanent. 75% of americans have this common infection. ...Read more

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Can the immune system clear hsv1?

No.: The immune system can contain it but not eradicate it. ...Read more