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How Can You Tell If You Have Genital Herpes
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Right: If she has not or will not tell him, you should. It is the right thing to do. ...Read more
How to tell if I have gotten genital herpes from my partner even though he's never had signs of herpes?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You cannot: See a doctor. They will be able to differentiate. ...Read more
Yes: It would be more likely if you were in the early part of a break out, but possible. ...Read more
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
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
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