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How Long Can Herpes Lie Dormant
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
Long time: Chlamydia is a stealth germ. You can have chlamydia without having any obvious symptoms. This is part of the reason that pregnant women are routinely screened. Other women who should be screened: sexually active 15-25 year olds, women>25 year old with new partners or multiple partners. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rarely for years: In one study, about 54% of people cleared their chlamydia infection (without treatment) in one year and 95% cleared it in 4 years. Clearly there are then some folks who carry chlamydia unknowingly for some time. The best way to know is to get tested as many people don't have symptoms. See your doctor or sexualhealth.Com. Use condoms to prevent chlamydia. Be sure you & your partner r both treated. ...Read more
Varies: Once cells are invaded by hpv, a latency (quiet) period of months to years may occur. The exact incubation time is unknown, but most investigators believe the incubation period is 3 months. It is now known that some hpv infections are actually transient and temporary, and that the body may actually eliminate the virus successfully. This is most likely when infected at a young age. ...Read more
Herpes: Recurrent herpetic outbreaks are usually shorter in duration (averaging 7 days), with less severe symptoms and are often preceded by a prodrome of itching or burning in the affected area. Systemic symptoms are usually absent. Most people diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: Lifetime in many cases.Get a more detailed answer ›
A long time: Most patients have a viral like illness at the time of infection followed by months or years without any symptoms what so ever. If you have placed yourself at risk the best advice I have is to get tested. ...Read more
Indefinitely: Although it can infect the cervix causing chronic cervicitis for years, can also ascend into the endometrial (uterine) cavity and out through the tubes causing severe pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) which may hospitalize you and could certainly leave you sterile. That is why it is recommended that all young women, and those at risk, be screened annually. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes simplex: This is highly variable, as is the duration of active lesions. If they are not going away within a week or two of disappearance of the symptoms, check with your doctor and have them examine these. ...Read more
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