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How does herpes spread? Is it always an std?

How does herpes spread? Is it always an std?

Contact: Contact is how you get herpes, I know of no other way. Whether it's kissing or rubbing, skin to skin contact is how the disease is transmitted. There is something called herpes gladiotorum that has ruined wrestling seasons because all of the wrestlers get it on their body typically starting from 1 person's mouth. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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Can herpes or any STDs spread by sharing a pipe? Smoked a bowl of weed with some kid then found out he had herpes. Should I be nervous?

Can herpes or any STDs spread by sharing a pipe? Smoked a bowl of weed with some kid then found out he had herpes. Should I be nervous?

Depends: Depends on whether, to some extent, it is herpesvirus I or 2. Genital herpes and oral herpes are generally different strains of the virus, although there is a little bit of overlap.
If he has genital herpes and you shared a pipe, the odds are pretty low that you could acquire the same virus. If he has oral herpes, however, it is pretty catchy. There are meds, talk to your doc. Other std unlikely. ...Read more

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Can herpes or any other STD spread by sharing a pipe? I smoked a bowl of weed with a kid and found out after he had herpes. Should I be concerned?

Can herpes or any other STD spread by sharing a pipe? I smoked a bowl of weed with a kid and found out after he had herpes. Should I be concerned?

Swapping saliva?: Any activity that can involve the exchange of saliva can potentially spread an std. Conditions have to be "right, " though. For example, the one person would have to have a lesion which is shedding the herpes virus, and the other person would have to have a portal of entry for the virus. I'm guessing your risk here is low, but couldn't say with certainty. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes or any STD be spread through sharing soap or a bottle of body wash? What about towels?

Can genital herpes or any STD be spread through sharing soap or a bottle of body wash? What about towels?

Unlikely method: Hpv virus need body to body contact, unlikely to survive on soap, and body wash bottle, using wet towel immediately may be. ...Read more

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Is herpes is an STD?

Is herpes is an STD?

Yes: Genital herpes is almost always a sexually transmitted infection. Oral herpes can either be an STD but can also be transmitted other ways. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What is a way u can get herpes/std's without sex?

What is a way u can get herpes/std's without sex?

Yes, but...: You could get herpes, syphilis, and some other STDs from kissing if you kissed someone who had an oral or pharyngeal infection. However, this is not the way STDs are commonly spread. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes or some other type of std?

How do I know if I have herpes or some other type of std?

STD: Local symptoms from a herpes simplex 2 infection usually is seen 2 to 12 days after exposure and consists of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can appear on the penis, anus, labia or cervix and they can spread, coalesce followed by crusting over. The fluid in the lesions is very contagious. Some people contract herpes simplex 2 without any symptoms. Get tested to know. ...Read more

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Negative STD herpes result but showing symptoms, what's wrong?

Negative STD herpes result but showing symptoms, what's wrong?

Need eval to know.: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Does the STD herpes have to be present at the time to test positive?

Does the STD herpes have to be present at the time to test positive?

No: Herpes carrier status continues to test positive irrespective of breakouts. Transmission can still occur without eruptions. ...Read more

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While my STD herpes test was negative, I am showing symptoms. What should I do?

While my STD herpes test was negative, I am showing symptoms. What should I do?

See your doctor: This depends on the exact symptoms, how long it has been since your last possible herpes/STD exposure, and exactly what test (s) were done -- e.g. blood test (and there are several of those), culture, or DNA test (PCR). If you had a type-specific HSV blood test more than 12 weeks after exposure, almost certainly your symptoms aren't due to a new herpes infection. Follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Research paper on stds: could someone with herpes 2 give someone herpes type 1?

Research paper on stds: could someone with herpes 2 give someone herpes type 1?

No: If someone has only hsv2 then they can certainly spread that virus. You cannot spread something you do not have. The same would be said about someone with only hsv1. That person could spread hsv1 through close contact. ...Read more

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How is herpes diagnosed and is it possible to catch the STD 6 weeks before being tested positive for it?

How is herpes diagnosed and is it possible to catch the STD 6 weeks before being tested positive for it?

Hsv: Blood tests can be done but can also be diagnosed by physical exam (if lesions or symptoms are present). Yes it is possible to acquire this 6 weeks before testing is done. ...Read more

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I was told that since I had protected sex, herpes could be the one STD I could get. Is that true? Are there others?

I was told that since I had protected sex, herpes could be the one STD I could get. Is that true? Are there others?

Safer sex: Protected sex is safer but nothing but abstinence is 100% safe. If your partner had a herpes or other lesions on some part that wasn't "protected" he/she could still pass it to you. The other disease you can get if your protection method wasn't 100%. It is a good idea to have std checks regularly if you are sexually active. ...Read more

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My friend watches my baby during the week. She has the STD herpes. Should I be concerned that my baby will contract it?

My friend watches my baby during the week. She has the STD herpes. Should I be concerned that my baby will contract it?

Good Hygiene: As long as the babysitter follows good hygiene by washing their hands after going to the bathroom and avoids kissing the baby - especially when they have an active cold sore, there is minimal to no risk of transmission of the herpes virus. ...Read more

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Two negative STD tests within a month. Textbook herpes visually:symptoms but negative test. Help! What could it be what do I do?

Two negative STD tests within a month. Textbook herpes visually:symptoms but negative test. Help! What could it be what do I do?

Herpes simplex: Am assuming you are concerned about genital herpes. You don't say what test was negative, but generally this is easily diagnosed clinically without the need for laboratory confirmation. If it continues it can be treated effectively. See your PCP or GYN. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am planning to get herpes test and the 8 pannel test at STD express. After 2 months to exposure. Do I have to wait for herpes test? To be conclusive

Okay to test: I am not specifically familiar with that test, but a reliable test for prior exposure to herpes should be accurate and reflective of an exposure that might have occurred two months prior. So, in answer to your question, no you do not have to wait. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Definition)

Sexually transmitted infections can be viral, bacterial or caused by protozoa. They are ...Read more