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How does one get herpes?

How does one get herpes?

Sexual contact.: Herpes infections are actually very common. By the time you are sexually active, there is about a 40% chance that you have been exposed to herpes type 1 or 2. Most people you have herpes will not know it, yet they can transmit it to others. Some people actually get an outbreak and rarely some individuals get frequent outbreaks. Limit your sexual partners to as few as possible. ...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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My aunt was desperate for a cigarette so she picked one out of a random ash tray and smoked it but first she burned the filter. Could she get herpes?

My aunt was desperate for a cigarette so she picked one out of a random ash tray and smoked it but first she burned the filter. Could she get herpes?

Cigarette and Herpes: No, she could not get herpes. However, your aunt does have a serious nicotine addiction. Has she ever tried to stop? Perhaps you might encourage her to speak to her doctor about quitting. ...Read more

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Herpes' IGG result 17.40 at 5th week after exposure - can one get that high result? or could it be false positive? should i rest to confirm? when?

Herpes' IGG result 17.40 at 5th week after exposure - can one get that high result? or could it be false positive? should i rest to confirm? when?

Need more info: You don't mention which Herpes virus you were exposed to and what the exposure was. The high IgG titer may be correct.Many adults have IgG antibodies to Herpes simplex virus type 1, with or without overt infection. Most, but not all, genital infections are due to Herpes simplex type 2. However, type 1 can cause genital infections as well. ...Read more

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Can one get ocular herpes from touching a coldsore?

Can one get ocular herpes from touching a coldsore?

Yes.: If you touch a fresh cold sore and then rub your eye with the same finger, it is certainly possible to transmit the virus to your eye. So whenever you have a cold sore, don't touch it! if you get them often, ask your doctor or a dermatologist for an antiviral medication (valtrex, famvir, (famciclovir) etc.) to heal them more quickly and prevent future attacks. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have anal sex vaginal sex and oral sex and get herpes only in one area?

Get it in all 3 area: Getting oral herpes does not immunize one from getting it elsewhere in the body. It is good practice to have protected sex or to not interact sexually or even kiss someone with an active cold sore. Let the sore heal and the scab disappear before having "fun!". ...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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Only during intercourse especially doing it in one position my perineum get paper cut like tear. Can this be herpes?

Only during intercourse especially doing it in one position my perineum get paper cut like tear. Can this be herpes?

See an OB/GYN: Without an exam would only be guessing and that is not what you need. If this is happening in only one sexual position there may be an anatomical problem. Herpes is not likely to appear in this manner. Go get examined. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with genital herpes 2 days ago and only been with one partner. Yet he tests negative. How'd i get it ?

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 2 days ago and only been with one partner. Yet he tests negative. How'd i get it ?

Sexual transmission: Herpes virus transmits via direct contact. You partner may also have had oral herpes that was transmitted to you via oral sex. There really is no other way to contract genital herpes--other than direct contact of someone who has lesions with your skin. However, when you are having a remission and have no ulcers you will not pass herpes to your partner. ...Read more

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My Gyno did some blood wrk to chk for herpes I believe igg hsv1 & hsv2 came bk positive. I've only been w/ one man my husband how did I get hsv2?

My Gyno did some blood wrk to chk for herpes I believe igg hsv1 & hsv2 came bk positive. I've only been w/ one man my husband how did I get hsv2?

Tricky herpes: The truth is, herpes has been affecting us humans for a long time-and so it's actually 'adapted' to us. In other words, it doesn't always cause a terrible flare up of herpes rashes. In fact, only 5% of all patients who are infected have symptoms. That means the other 95% may not have anything-just the virus is there, going along for a free ride as viruses are known to do. Talk to your GYN about it ...Read more

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I have a single bump on top of my mons pubis. Not painful. Could one ever get herpes on this area or could it most likely be boil/ingrowni shave alot.

I have a single bump on top of my mons pubis. Not painful. Could one ever get herpes on this area or could it most likely be boil/ingrowni shave alot.

It depends on how it: The bump could be a number of different possibilities. If it is painless, then it is not likely to be a boil or infection. I do not think it is herpes as that usually will cause a blister , red spots, itching or pain in the lesion. Anything deeper requires close watch to see if it is increasing in size over 2-3 weeks. If it is over 1-2 centimeter or growing you need to have it examined by doctor. ...Read more

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I browsed in net and it says that the hsv1 virus cannot stay outside very long.But I did not kissed any one.Iam worried why I might get Oral herpes.

I browsed in net and it says that the hsv1 virus cannot stay outside very long.But I did not kissed any one.Iam worried why I might get Oral herpes.

Herpes simplex virus: is a contagious virus that can be passed from person to person through direct contact.. HSV1 blisters can occur in many different parts of the body but are most common on or around the lips and cheeks and last 7 - 10 days. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of genital herpes? How many blisters do you have to get at one time?

Painful blisters: Often is preceded by strange sensation followed by one or more painful blisters that rupture and then dry out and heal. ...Read more

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If someone with cold sore gives u oral sex and you get one on your genitals will you have herpes for sure ?

If someone with cold sore gives u oral sex and you get one on your genitals will you have herpes for sure ?

Herpes: Most people in america have oral or type one herpes. 75% by latest accounts. Your question is not the right question. You need and must get a herpes blood test so that the next steps can be mapped out. People with herpes are contagious whether they have a sore or not. ...Read more

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If I never had chicken pox, can I get one by coming in contact with someone who developed shingles (herpes) and previously had chicken pox?

If I never had chicken pox, can I get one by coming in contact with someone who developed shingles (herpes) and previously had chicken pox?

Not contagious: As previously taught to you Shingles is not contagious. It is a deep (inside the nerves of the affected human) reactivation of their previous infection with chicken pox. If you are worried you should get the Varicalla (chicken pox) vaccination. ...Read more

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My mom and younger sister (no other siblings) both get cold sores (herpes simplex). I have never had one, am i at a lower risk of getting herpes?

No: It just means you haven't contracted the virus. When they have an outbreak, avoid direct contact and don't share spoons, cups, or toothbrushes. It doesn't mean you won't ever get one. But you can limit your risks. ...Read more

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