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How Do You Get Herpes Simplex
Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more
For how long will you get herpes simplex 1 after you have been exposed to it (had sex with someone with it)?
Usually a few days: If you mean time until symptoms start, it's usually 2-5 days, rarely up to 2-3 weeks. If no blisters or sores by 10 days, you're probably in the clear. But low chance of infection from a single oral sex event. If you mean duration of HSV1 once infected, it's forever. Herpes infections persist for life. But for genital HSV-1, outbreaks and transmission to new partners usually are rare. ...Read more
HSV - 1 ; 2: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. Herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread through vaginal, anal ; oral sex. ...Read more
Herpes Simplex Virus: 1 most commonly causes cold sores. In some cases - it can also cause lesions on the genitals. ...Read more
Depends on site: A swab of the oral cavity, urethra, vagina, or anal canal are all sites that can be used to test for herpes, although a blood test can also see if you already have antibodies. The blood test is not as good at determining if you have a current infection, as if you have been exposed --although it also depends on the test performed. ...Read more
Herpes 1: Herpes is a very common infection and most people have had it in their lifetime. It most commonly causes "cold sores". The virus stays with us and can reactivate. Before you realize it you are shedding the virus and if you are with a child who has not had it they can get it very easily. ...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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