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Multiple SMALL sores in back of throat, semi clustered but not really. Not big/ not infected looking. Strep throat or gonorhoea? Or herpes? Soundslike?

Multiple SMALL sores in back of throat, semi clustered but not really. Not big/ not infected looking. Strep throat or gonorhoea? Or herpes? Soundslike?

Hard to tell...: I have difficulty picturing what you mean by "multiple small sores". If painful, it could be herpes. With or without pain, it doesn't sound like either strep throat or gonorrhea. If at risk for STDs and no pain, then the secondary stage of syphilis (typically 2-6 months after being infected) might be possible. Don't take chances: play it safe and see a doctor, or public STD clinic if at risk. ...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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Is gential herpes come in forms of bumps on the infected area?

Is gential herpes come in forms of bumps on the infected area?

Herpes: Herpes outbreaks are very painful blisters clustered usually around a single patch of skin. With time the skin on the top of the blisters sloughs off and this leaves tender raw skin as an open lesion. ...Read more

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Can a person get herpes if they touch a towel that a infected person with an outbreak just clean affected area with?

Can a person get herpes if they touch a towel that a infected person with an outbreak just clean affected area with?

Herpes: I think you may be misinformed. First, the answer is no. That would be an unlikely source of infection. Second, having a sore does not in any way predict contagiousness or viral shedding. In fact we now know that there is zero correlation between outbreaks and the level of virus in the skin or sore. ...Read more

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My boyfriends has herpes, what worries me is that he wants to have oral sex with me and I'm worried that he;ll infect this area too. Is that possible?

My boyfriends has herpes, what worries me is that he wants to have oral sex with me and I'm worried that he;ll infect this area too. Is that possible?

Herpes: The overwhelming probability is that you are already infected with this virus and therefore it is unlikely that his going down on you is going to cause further problems. But if you want to be absolutely certain and you do not yet have the virus then don't let him give you oral sex. Enjoy. ...Read more

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After applying ointment and having medicine for herpes zoster my infected area is itching more and it stings mostly. Should I worry?

After applying ointment and having medicine for herpes zoster my infected area is itching more and it stings mostly. Should I worry?

Details are everythi: Do you really have zoster? Or something else? This diagnosis is frequently wrong. You fail to describe enough for any speculation about diagnosis. You did not bother to name the "ointment" or the "medicine" or how long in use. Go see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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If you touch the herpes infected area with underwear on and then you wash your hands with soap then you touch your face will you still get infected?

If you touch the herpes infected area with underwear on and then you wash your hands with soap then you touch your face will you still get infected?

No risk, no worry: Even if you touch a genital herpes outbreak then immediately touch your face, you would not get a facial infection. This happens sometimes during the very first herpes infection, but even that is rare; and it almost never happens in people with recurrent herpes. Even in initial infeciton, the very indirect exposure described here is zero risk. Also, soap instantaneously kills the herpes virus. ...Read more

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To get genital herpes you have to touch the infected area? A woman has an infected area above vagina, not on it. So as long as I don't touch that spot I should be ok? She's been on meds for it for 4 years. No outbreak for 2 years.

To get genital herpes you have to touch the infected area? A woman has an infected area above vagina, not on it. So as long as I don't touch that spot I should be ok? She's been on meds for it for 4 years. No outbreak for 2 years.

Not true: People with herpes can spread it even if there is no outbreak or if you do not touch the outbreak area. Use condoms for better protection, but even they are not 100%. Read this from the CDC:
http://www. Cdc. Gov/std/herpes/STDFact-herpes. Htm ...Read more

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I heard conflicting answers. To get genital herpes you have to come into contact with infected area? Say the infected area is on inner thigh. If I have intercourse w her and never touch the inner thigh. (Covered by a towel) could I still catch it?

I heard conflicting answers. To get genital herpes you have to come into contact with infected area? Say the infected area is on inner thigh. If I have intercourse w her and never touch the inner thigh. (Covered by a towel) could I still catch it?

Possible to get HSV: Visible HSV lesions are infectious but just covering the lesion may not be sufficient to prevent HSV transmission if there is also infectious virus on nearby skin. Avoiding close skin contact when there's a definite HSV outbreak, using condoms at other times & the person taking antiviral meds all significantly reduce HSV transmission. ...Read more

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I infected with herpes in my mouth many years ago and I had cold-sore recently so if I touch it and touch genital area. I will get genital herp?

Herpes simplex: Unlikely, but not impossible. As a general rule your herpes recurrences will only be located at the nerves distribution of the primary site of infection. Depending upon your immune function and other circumstances you may develop lesions elsewhere, but this is uncommon, and doubt you will get genital lesions by touching yourself, but I never say never. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am infected with herpes?

How to tell if I am infected with herpes?

Your doctor can test: You. It appears like a blister which causes burning, pain & itching. It is filled with fluid that is teaming with the Herpes Simplex virus. ...Read more

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How can you determine if a infected herpes person is shedding?

How can you determine if a infected herpes person is shedding?

You really can't: Taking an antiviral medication daily lowers your risk of shedding the virus to 1 in 365 days but even then you wouldn't know when that day would be. Wearing a condom reduces transmission as well. ...Read more

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What's the difference between expose to herpes and infected with herpes?

What's the difference between expose to herpes and infected with herpes?

Exposure / infection: Exposed means you came in contact with someone who had herpes. An exposure doesn't always lead to an infection. Infection is when the virus has attacked your body and you have signs/symptoms of infection (such as a cold sore or genital herpes). ...Read more

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My boy friend was infected with herpes 20 years ago. What do I need to do to protect myself?

My boy friend was infected with herpes 20 years ago. What do I need to do to protect myself?

Barrier method-Condom: Some people who've had herpes in the past, can still remain asymptomatic, and can pass this onto their partner. You need to have him checked for stds, and herpes status. If he has active outbreaks, you'll need to refrain from sex. Otherwise you will be at high risk for contracting it. Also make sure he uses condoms. He can be in remission status. ...Read more

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If herpes 1 & 2 are the usual herpes, are there herpes 3, 4, 5, 6, etc…, that also infect people?

If herpes 1 & 2 are the usual herpes, are there herpes 3, 4, 5, 6, etc…, that also infect people?

Great question- 8: 8 in humans: hhv1-herpes simplex -1 (hsv1: cold sore), hhv2-herpes simplex (hsv2:genital), hhv-3:varicella zoster (vzv-chickenpox, shingles), hhv-4:epstein barr virus (ebv-mono, burkitt's, CNS lymphoma...), hhv-5:cytomegalovirus (cmv-retinitis), hhv-6: sixth disease (roseola infantum, exanthem subitum), hhv-7: like sixth disease, hhv-8:virus associated with kaposi's sarcoma, castelman's diseass. ...Read more

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Please tell me will my life be different if I was infected with herpes? Either physically, mentally, emotionally and socially?

Please tell me will my life be different if I was infected with herpes? Either physically, mentally, emotionally and socially?

This is a very good: Question. We believe probably as many as 75% of the population carries the virus, so it is quite common. The good news is that it doesn't cause cancer, but is emotionally and socially upsetting. Know your options, and now there are many. You can reduce shedding to one day a year by taking daily antivirals. See a derm to get more answers. Knowledge is power ...Read more

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Can you contact herpes by drinking from the straw of infected?

Can you contact herpes by drinking from the straw of infected?

Yes it can: Be transmitted if they have a old sore or lesion around the mouth. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from drinking after someone who is infected?

Can you get herpes from drinking after someone who is infected?

Not likely but: It is not likely but there is a remote possibility that the other person had an active herpetic lesion in the mouth and you drank immediately after he/she drank from the glass but I will not worry about it. Oral herpes causes cold sores and caused by type1 herpesvirus. Genital herpes is caused by type2 herpes virus. ...Read more

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Basically if you ever got a coldsore, your infected with herpes, is that true?

Basically if you ever got a coldsore, your infected with herpes, is that true?

Yes: If you have ever had a cold sore you are infected with herpes virus most likely type 1. If you rarely get an outbreak there is a medicine that you can take when you feel it coming on for only one day that will make it heal faster. Ask your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Can you contract herpes from drinking from the same straw as a infected person?

Can you contract herpes from drinking from the same straw as a infected person?

Herpes: That sounds possible under the right circumstances. The person would have to have oral herpes and be shedding the virus, and the virus would have to be on the straw which you used shortly after it was contaminated. ...Read more

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I am unmarried and got infected by herpes twice. Can herpes cause any problem in married life?

I am unmarried and got infected by herpes twice. Can herpes cause any problem in married life?

Herpes genitalis: Once you have this virus you have it for life. You were infected once and have had a recurrence, not a reinfection. You will have to ask your future partner whether they have been infected or are willing to become infected in the future. Whether it becomes a problem will depend upon the situation. ...Read more

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What is the likely hood of becoming infected by sharing a straw with a infected herpes person?

What is the likely hood of becoming infected by sharing a straw with a infected herpes person?

Possible: If this person has an active herpes sore on their lip, it can be spread by contact or sharing glasses, straws, etc. Best not to drink after anyone with this problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible that I hav transfered herpes from one female to another without me getting infected? And what test should I do to chck my status?

Is it possible that I hav transfered herpes from one female to another without me getting infected? And what test should I do to chck my status?

Yes: Both men and women can be asymptomatic carriers of herpes simplex and transmit it to others without having active lesions. This is more common in women. You can check to see if you have antibodies to herpes, which would mean you have the virus, but would not tell you whether it was type 1 or 2 reliably. For that you would have to isolate the virus from active lesions and test it. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have herpes or infected hair?

How do I tell if I have herpes or infected hair?

Seeyour GYN: Herpes usually recurs in teh same spot your gyn can do a herpes culture and blood work also. ...Read more