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How common is having genital herpes?

How common is having genital herpes?

Very common : One out of five americans are carriers of herpes type 2 antibodies. This means that they have a past exposure to genital herpes. Not all of these will actually have outbreaks or problems. ...Read more

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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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How common is genital herpes?

...: About 1 in 6 people have genital herpes. The centers for disease control estimates that about 776, 000 people acquire genital herpes each year in the United States. ...Read more

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How common is hsv1 genital?

How common is hsv1 genital?

Possibly: If you have oral genital sex, then yes. Typically, hsv 2 has been associated with genital herpes. But, with the increase in oral genital sex, there has been crossover with hsv 1 causing genital herpes. ...Read more

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How common is herpes2 on genitals?

How common is herpes2 on genitals?

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

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How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

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

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How is genital herpes spead? Other than having sex

How is genital herpes spead? Other than having sex

Any other contact: Cold sores on or near the lips are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus. Most people get them not through sex, so they are not considered an std. However, they can be transmitted through sexual activity. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes type 2 and is considered an std. Through various sexual activities, one can get oral herpes 1 sores on the genitals, and genital herpes 2 on the lips! ...Read more

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How common is herpes simplex virus type 1?

How common is herpes simplex virus type 1?

HSV 1: In the United States, there are about 500, 000 primary hsv 1 infections each year. Infection is permanent, but rarely serious in the patient with a normal immune system. Most patients are either without symptoms or have mild clinical disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes without having sex?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes without having sex?

Yes.: You can kiss someone with oral "genital, " of type two herpes in their mouth and contract type 2 orally. Hence, the confusion of oral versus genital. I prefer to use the terms type one and two. ...Read more

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How common is oral herpes?

How common is oral herpes?

Very common: As with any viral infection, there are multiple factors involved. Factors such as host immunity, method of transfer, and verulence of the virus, are examples. ...Read more

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If 70-80% of people have had coldsores, how come genital hsv 1 is not more common?

If 70-80% of people have had coldsores, how come genital hsv 1 is not more common?

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

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What is the possibility of me contracting genital herpes after having unprotected sex with a woman genital herpes?

What is the possibility of me contracting genital herpes after having unprotected sex with a woman genital herpes?

Hard to say: Asymptomatic persons can still shed virus (=potentially share it with you). Hsv2 can be transmitted by close skin contact as well. See: http://stdtesting.Com/how-many-people-have-herpes --for more information and helpful links. ...Read more

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How is genital herpes typically spread?

How is genital herpes typically spread?

Sexual contact: Sexual contact with a person with active herpes can spread the infection to a partner, either genitally or orally. Some people have an active lesion and don't know it. If you don't know your partner, use a condom! ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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How is genital herpes infection treated during pregnancy?

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 more

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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?

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

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How typical is simplex one genital herpes?

How typical is simplex one genital herpes?

HSV 1: Herpes simplex virus - 1 infections are less prevalent in the genital region than hsv-2, however this gap is slowly decreasing. In some studies, populations have seen hsv -1 surpass hsv - 2 as the predominant cause of genital herpes. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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