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How common is genital herpes?

How common is genital herpes?

...: About 1 in 6 people have genital herpes. The centers for disease control estimates that about 776, 000 people acquire genital herpes each year in the United States. ...Read more

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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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How common is having genital herpes?

Very common : One out of five americans are carriers of herpes type 2 antibodies. This means that they have a past exposure to genital herpes. Not all of these will actually have outbreaks or problems. ...Read more

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How common is hsv1 genital?

How common is hsv1 genital?

Possibly: If you have oral genital sex, then yes. Typically, hsv 2 has been associated with genital herpes. But, with the increase in oral genital sex, there has been crossover with hsv 1 causing genital herpes. ...Read more

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How is genital herpes generally spread?

Direct Contact: Genital herpes is essentially spread by direct contact with an infectious area. It is so common primarily due to its ability to infect another even in the absence of any sores. So, that means that genital herpes can be spread even if you or your partner don't see any sores - orally or genitally. Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been shown to reduce, not eliminate the risk for asymptomatic transmission. ...Read more

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How is genital herpes typically spread?

How is genital herpes typically spread?

Sexual contact: Sexual contact with a person with active herpes can spread the infection to a partner, either genitally or orally. Some people have an active lesion and don't know it. If you don't know your partner, use a condom! ...Read more

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How to know it is shingles or genital herpes?

Dermatomal Rash: Generally shingles follow a dermatomal path meaning follow the path of a spinal nerve exiting the spine. Genital herpes stays around the mouth, groin and rectal areas mostly. There are always exceptions to the rule but this should help distinguish the two most of the time. ...Read more

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Genital herpes how can it spread?

Genital herpes how can it spread?

Herpes : Herpes is transmitted skin to skin from the site on your skin where you are infected. ...Read more

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How is hand herpes contracted? Is it hsv1 or hsv2?

How is hand herpes contracted? Is it hsv1 or hsv2?

Either one, but rare: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) rarely infects the hand. When it happens, usually as herpetic whitlow (google for photos), it's usually HSV1, but HSV2 is possible. Whitlow usually occurs simultaneously with a newly acquired oral or genital infection. Herpes zoster (shingles) could affect the hand, usually not in the form of whitlow. If you think you have any of these, see a doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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How does having genital herpes change things?

How does having genital herpes change things?

Sexual transmission: Herpes in its' active vesicular form("bubble wrap rashes") are very painful an can be transmitted to a sexual partner. The virus returns to the dorsal root ganglion(train station for the nerve track) when it is dormant and can return to the same site during periods of strees. Zovirax and Valtrex (valacyclovir) are helpful at treatmetn and prevention. ...Read more

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How common is herpes2 on genitals?

How common is herpes2 on genitals?

Everyone has it!: HSV 2 infection in the usa using titers in the early 2000's showed around 20 to 30 percent in the USA. Now consider this, HSV 1 infection is around 80 percent. There are so many mixing of these two strains of virus (oral vs genitalia) that it doesn't seem to matter any more. A lot of my patients have HSV1 infection in genitalia. Symptoms seemed to be milder in most cases. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How does herpes spread? Is it always an std?

How does herpes spread? Is it always an std?

Contact: Contact is how you get herpes, i know of no other way. Whether it's kissing or rubbing, skin to skin contact is how the disease is transmitted. There is something called herpes gladiotorum that has ruined wrestling seasons because all of the wrestlers get it on their body typically starting from 1 person's mouth. ...Read more

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Herpes (type 1), it was genital, does this mean i'll get genital sores or just cold sores?

Herpes (type 1), it was genital, does this mean i'll get genital sores or just cold sores?

Hepes type 1: Herpes type 1 usually causes cold sores, or fever blisters, but can cause genital herpes.Usually type 1 virus does not like the genital area and chances of it coming back are much less than type2.But there is still a little cance as you just had it. ...Read more

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How bad for men is the HPV virus?

How bad for men is the HPV virus?

Not as dangerous..: It is not as dangerous form men as it is for women. In men, it typically causes venereal warts. In women, certain strains of hpv can cause cervical cancer. Certain strains might be related to penile cancers. Best is to avid unprotected sexual relations and if you have a lesion that doesn’t belong…get it checked out. ...Read more

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How is herpes contagious?

How is herpes contagious?

Herpes: Herpes is caught skin to skin. One does not gave to have a herpes sore to be contagious. There is viral shedding at the site infection occurred. ...Read more

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How has genital herpes really affected your life?

Has not: My life has not been affected. But people with this disorder can have multiple problems, including recurrent painful lesions, fear of transmission to partners and to babies at time of delivery, and there are those who may have recurrent episodes of meningitis (mollaret's meningitis). ...Read more

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What is oral herpes and how is it transmitted?

What is oral herpes and how is it transmitted?

Oral Herpes: Herpes simplex is a virus which is transmitted from human to human by direct intimate contact. It produces crops of little blisters which then break down into shallow painful and tender ulcers. Once you have the virus it remains in your body for a lifetime but may never produce symptoms. Oral infection can be transmitted to the genitals by oral sex. ...Read more

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How typical is simplex one genital herpes?

How typical is simplex one genital herpes?

HSV 1: Herpes simplex virus - 1 infections are less prevalent in the genital region than hsv-2, however this gap is slowly decreasing. In some studies, populations have seen hsv -1 surpass hsv - 2 as the predominant cause of genital herpes. ...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


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more