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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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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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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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