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Can you tell me what you suggest if you have genital herpes can you be viral shedding 45% of the year?

Can you tell me what you suggest if you have genital herpes can you be viral shedding 45% of the year?

Very unlikely: It is unlikely you shed virus that often. In genital herpes due to HSV2, shedding typically is 5% to 20% of the time. But actual transmission risk is lower; often shedding is in very small amounts of virus, too little for easy transmission to partners. You can reduce shedding and transmission risk with valacyclovir or acyclovir. Unlike HSV2, HSV1 genital shedding and sexual transmission are rare. ...Read more

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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Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

Often none.: Many people have little or no symptoms most of the time. When symptoms do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take two to four weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are symptoms of mild genital herpes?

Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex in the genital area may cause no symptoms in some people. In others, a few weeks after being exposed to herpes a person may develop fever, muscle aches ; pains, headache ; swelling of groin lymph nodes. The lesions may be preceded several days by itching ;/or pain. They start as red bumps which then develop into blisters. When the blisters break open they ooze fluid or bleed. ...Read more

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Just got genital herpes, and I can't tell you how mad I am!?

What's the question?: Any time you engage in unprotected sex you are at risk of acquiring stds. You are, in essence, having sex with all your partner's prior partners. Strongly suggest you be tested for other stds, since it is not unusual to be carrying more than one. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have genital herpes confirmed? Tell her?

What should I do if I have genital herpes confirmed? Tell her?

Yes: It is your responsibility to let your partner know that she is at risk of developing herpes. I recommend that partners of carriers be tested for HSV antibodies, since many people are carriers and don't know it. If she is not a carrier, then you can take daily Acyclovir or valacyclovir and minimize the risk of transmission by 80% (tho not 100%). ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between genital herpes and oral?

How can you tell the difference between genital herpes and oral?

Not easy: I am sssuming you are able to distinguish between the two anatomic areas. The only way in which you can definitively distinguish between herpes types 1 & 2 is by isolating the virus from lesions or secretions and testing it to see which it is. Using antibody testing can be very inaccurate because of the overlap due to nonspecific antibodies. ...Read more

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What to do if I have genital herpes, should I tell every new partner?

Yes: When you have dated the person more than a few times and feel comfortable, that is the time to bring up the subject. ...Read more

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Are there any such consistent symptoms for "mild" genital herpes, how can I tell?

Are there any such consistent symptoms for "mild" genital herpes, how can I tell?

Possibly: Herpes simplex blisters can range anywhere on the pain spectrum from being a little irritating to being extremely sensitive and painful. Sometimes you may not notice any discomfort or the rash may just itch. ...Read more

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Is it right or wrong to feel the need to tell your friends boyfriend of her genital herpes?

Right: If she has not or will not tell him, you should. It is the right thing to do. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have gotten genital herpes from my partner even though he's never had signs of herpes?

Possibly: If he has the virus in his system it's possible to transfer the virus even though he may not have an obvious infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about genital herpes inside my urethra?

Can you tell me about genital herpes inside my urethra?

Here are some...: Herpes virus gains its access to body at the sites of contacts if there is a breakdown by micro-injuries such as frictions at sex / masturbation of local skin or mucosa. How far may it go? To urethra, the synergy of its unique tubing hidden feature and urine flow passage gives virus almost no chance to gain a beachhead to multiply. Therefore, herpes virus only goes up to the very distal urethra. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about genital herpes inside their urethra?

Rare, very painful: A few percent of men with newly acquired genital herpes have urethral involvement. Most also have obvious external herpes but rarely it is the only symptom, i.e. pain and redness at the opening and/or serious pain on passing urine. If you have symptoms like this and might have been exposed to herpes, see a doc or clinic ASAP. With milder symptoms, herpes probably isn't the cause. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes?

How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes?

Doctor can evaluate: Folliculitis usually affects a larger area of skin than the small spot that a herpes sore affects. Folliculitis is tiny pustules where the hair follicles are. Herpes makes tiny blisters, in a cluster, very close together. Herpes blisters (vesicles) break open with some clear or yellowish fluid, not pus like in folliculitis. A doctor can evaluate and tell the difference. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have genital herpes or chancroid?

You cannot: See a doctor. They will be able to differentiate. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between bed bugs and genital herpes?

How do you tell the difference between bed bugs and genital herpes?

Not comparable: Genital herpes would show up on genitalia as a vesicle or ulcer, whereas bedbug bites typically have a "breakfast/lunch/dinner" presentation of 3 red/itchy bumps without an obvious central bite mark. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a child catch genital herpes from a toothbrush?

Please tell me, could a child catch genital herpes from a toothbrush?

HMMM: Generally no as a toothbrush should never be used anywhere near the genitals. If the parent has oral herpes or is a carrier of genital herpes then maybe if the brush has live virus on it but a parent and a child should never share a brush. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What to do if I have genital herpes, please tell me the best way to get rid of this?

See below: You can not get rid of it there is no therapy that is effective in curing you of herpes. However the symptoms that occur with this usually lessen with timet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i get cold sores, can I give someone genital herpes by giving oral?

Can you tell me if i get cold sores, can I give someone genital herpes by giving oral?

Yes: It would be more likely if you were in the early part of a break out, but possible. ...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