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How Common Is Having 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
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
Herpes Simplex: 75% of Americans have Herpes Type One. It is spread through viral shedding at the point of infection. Having an outbreak does not correlate in any way with viral shedding. You can be contagious with or without an outbreak and on the other side you can also not be contagious at all during an outbreak. No correlation there. ...Read more
No risk, no worry: Genital HSV infections are spread to other persons only by sex. There is no risk through shared bathrooms, toilets, towels, kitches, eating utensils, etc. Nobody in the household of people with genital herpes ever is infected if they don't have sex with each other. (Babies born to moms with genital herpes sometimes are infected when they pass through the birth canal.) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not so easy to pass: Nowhere near 70-80% of all people (in North America) have had cold sores. By age 40, around half of all adults have positive blood tests for HSV1. Probably about 20-25% of them have had overt oral herpes outbreaks, i.e cold sores. Why not more genital HSV1? Because in oral sex, when the oral partner has HSV1, transmission occurs infrequently -- as a guess, about once for every 1,000 exposures. ...Read more
What is the possibility of me contracting genital herpes after having unprotected sex with a woman genital herpes?
Wht virus cause genital warts.Is the reoccuernce of warts is possible.How dangerous is this virus....How does it spread in a sexual cnct?
HPV: Human papillomavirus (known as hpv) is a very common sexually transmitted infection. There are many types of this virus and some are associated with genital warts. There are multiple cancers, especially cervical cancer in women, associated with the virus--though these cancers do not directly arise from the genital warts. Talk to your doctor about screening tests and hpv vaccines that are available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid contact/ RX: Genital herpes can easily spread between partners and between the mother and the delivering baby. The risk is greatest if the mom contracts primary genital herpes in the 3rd trimester and thus is not able to transmit protective antibodies to the baby. Avoiding genital/genital or oral/genital contact with an infected partner is key - esp. In later preg. Valtex should be given in 3rd trimester. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can having hsv-1 giving oral sex causes the person receiving it have genital herpes of hsv-2? What is the chances of receiving hsv-2?
Apples and oranges: A person with apples can only give her friend apples. A person can receive oranges only from a friend who has oranges. Herpes 1 and 2 are like apples and oranges. They do not change into one another. However, herpes is called the "gift that keeps on giving" because once a person catches herpes 1 or 2, she can never get rid of it, yet she can give it to another person, and another, and another... ...Read more
What are the chances of transmitting genital hsv-1 genitally to someone if there is no outbreak? I'm a heterosexual male.
Transmitting HSV: This is now an impossible question to answer. People infected with herpes shed virus at unpredictable rates and on unpredictable times. The dangerous to pregnancy virus is the herpes type two virus and if you do not have this virus then the obstetrician can advise your partner and you. ...Read more
Partner has cold sore and sex occurs (no oral-genital contact) is risk of genital herpes? Transfer from hands possible? How long until symptoms occur?
Herpes New Info: The way you are wording this question is almost impossible to interpret. First all sexually active adults must have a blood test to see what their herpes exposure history is. The place of the sores do not count anymore. There is no transmission of herpes from one part of one's body to another. Hsv 1 is very common and hsv 2 i much less common. Get the blood tests and then we can solve this. ...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
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