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How Bad Is Genital Herpes
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I want to know what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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