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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?

How common is genital herpes?

Very common. : Millions of people have this but many ( often, men), don't know they have it. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes becoming more common?

Is genital herpes becoming more common?

Not necessarily: According to the cdc the rates of genital herpes have remained stable over the last decade following declines in the 90s. It is estimated that 1 in 6 americans between 14-49 have genital herpes with the highest rate among african american women (up to 48%). The more sexual partners you have the more likely you are to contract it. http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/herpes-nhanes-2010.htm. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of genital herpes?

What are the most common symptoms of genital herpes?

Discomfort: Painful ulcers in the genital area. Herpes virus lives in the nerves of the body and will cause recurrent ulcers in the same area repeatedly. ...Read more

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How common is it for a woman to contract genital herpes but have no symptoms until years later?

How common is it for a woman to contract genital herpes but have no symptoms until years later?

Very common: Many people carry this virus for years without knowing it. Many of them have recurring symptoms which are not recognized. At least 25% of them have recurring herpes on the buttock or back. Why do you ask? What are the DETAILS? ...Read more

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I am about to start methotrexate for psoriasis and have had genital herpes in the past. How common will outbreaks occur on it and to what severity?

I am about to start methotrexate for psoriasis and have had genital herpes in the past. How common will outbreaks occur on it and to what severity?

Not very common : It is still fairly safe. I use the medication in my patients all the time. You can possible still have flare from time to time and it may not be related to methotrexate but other causes such as stress, anxiety, high dose steroid, etc. ...Read more

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If 80% of us pop. Carry hsv1 virus why isnt genital herpes much more common with oral sex being such a popular activity?

If 80% of us pop. Carry hsv1 virus why isnt genital herpes much more common with oral sex being such a popular activity?

You're right: With the growing popularity of oral sex activity, the hsv2 virus is becoming more common. It used to be that hsv1 was oral and hsv2 was genital. It is now recognized that they are both similar viruses that can affect either site. The strain is truly irrelevant as they are both highly contagious, prone to recurrent eruptions, treated with anti-viral medications & can lead to permanent nerve damage. ...Read more

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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)

This is 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