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Hsv 1 Contagious
More information is needed to answer your question. Many different body fluids (blood, genital fluids, blister fluid, CSF etc) and tissue can be tested for HSV 1. What type of test was positive? Are you having an outbreak of the HSV infection? Where?
Generally speaking, HSV 1 can be contagious especially if you are having active disease on your skin/lips/mouth with ulcers/blisters ...Read more
My mother in law just had some dental work done and now she has a fever blister on her lip. Does this mean she has hsv-1 and is contagious?
Perhaps: If she had a previous history of hsv, then the stress of dental work can lead to a localized breakout. If it is hsv, then yes, she is contagious. Anytime there are active hsv lesions - oral or genital - then one is contagious. It's the fluid within the blister that contains the virus. ...Read more
Which is more severe, dangerous & contagious? Hsv 1 or HSV 2? How to prevent & have as much less outbreaks as possible? What's the best antiviral? Help
Both are contagious: Neither is dangerous as they both respond well to antiviral treatment with an oral medicine/pills. ...Read more
I have hsv-1 (cold sores) and I have never had an outbreak or felt symptons. I wanted to know if im contagious to my family and life partner.
I had a hsv 1 Genital outbreak while I had the flu, the sores are gone but it seems like I have some skin discoloration in the spot the sore was, is this normal and I’m on antiviral meds for 10 day’s now and had sex yesterday, how contagious am I?
Probably safe: Once open sores are gone, infectiousness is markedly reduced; continued discoloration makes no difference. Herpes is sometimes transmitted in absence of visible sores, but quite rare with genital HSV1 (unlike HSV2). Your partner can have a blood test to see if s/he already has HSV1, as do half of all adults in the US. If so, s/he is immune to new HSV1 and will never catch it from you. ...Read more
What are the chances of spreading HSV 1 orally? Outbreak or no outbreak around mouth and or in mouth.? As contagious when no outbreak?
Just saw my pcp about STD test results. My HSV 1&2 IgG results were pos, but the HSV 1&2 IgM results were neg. No symptoms at all. Am I contagious?
Herpes virus: Herpes virus type 1 (hsv 1) causes upper respiratory infections, usually manifest as "cold sores", which can spread to the skin. Herpes virus type 2 is a sexually transmitted infection that occurs only in the genital region usually manifesting as a single tender blister or a group (cluster) of tender vesicles on top of red inflammed skin. Hsv1 does not lead to hsv2 infections. Only sex does. ...Read more
My husband & I were both diagnosed with HSV 1 he has never had an outbreak had one genitally. Is there a way to tell which of us is was the carrier?
No, not really: Hsv 1 is considered universally present, in most of the adult population, so there isn't much desire or need to test it further. In a research setting, each person (of a couple) would have to have his/her hsv-1 strain (sub-typed) identified, etc., etc... But, it gets too scientific, too complicated. ...Read more
HSV-1 & HSV-2 if in the oral area looks a like or their is any diference between one type of blisters and the other?
No difference: There is no difference at all. Genital HSV2 infection usually causes more frequent outbreaks and asymptomatic viral shedding than either oral or genital HSV1, and therefore genital HSV2 is more frequently transmitted to exposed persons. But there are no differences in the symptoms, appearance of lesions, or severity of outbreaks from either virus, whether oral or genital. ...Read more
Hsv 1&2 blood tests done -- negative for 2, but 1 came back "indeterminate" should one be concerned about this during labour? No outbreaks ever.
I have had one out break of hsv 1 genitally about 5 yrs ago and never had one again. After labor got cold sores? Never had 1 before is that possible?
Some chance: Most herpes in this area is type 2. Sometimes type 1 is transmitted by oral contact. Most people already have type 1 but do not experience any symptoms. If you already have type 1, then a new infection must be type 2. You should have been given an oral therapy at the start 1 week ago. You can be tested to determine if you have hsv1 or 2 or both. You should see a Dr for expert advise about herpes a ...Read more
My partner and I have oral HSV 1. What is the probability one could get genital HSV 1 if we refrain from oral contact during an outbreak?
How long does HSV (1) survive on a finger. For example One touches an oral blister that has not yet opened then accidentally touched another area.
It doesn't matter...: ...how long the virus can survive. In HSV infection present for more than a few months, autoinoculation (self transmission to a new part of the body) almost never occurs, except rarely to an eye. The immune system prevents it. Use common sense hygiene (hand washing, alchohol gel) but no need to be compulsive about it or worry about transmitting oral herpes to, say, the genital area. ...Read more
If me and my lover both have hsv-1, and I have a cold sore (she doesn't), will the skin-to-skin contact with the sore gaurentee that she will get one?
I had my first outbreak june 2011 and I haven't had one since. Does this reduce the chances of me having viral shedding? I have HSV 1 genital.
Yes: Indeed, when hsv-1 goes "below the equator", recurring infection either clinical or not is much less likely. ...Read more
I contracted herpes hsv 1 from a sexworker 17 years back. After the sex I develop small bumps one head of the penis which itches. For last two years?
Details matter: Hsv 1 on face??? or genital? How do you know the source? Was it cultured? Treated? Now you have something else not related to hsv. A clue is "after the sex"........what kind of sex? Condom? Lubricant or other material used by either participant? Since it appears only after sex it is not related to foreskin. Consider an irritation or allergy related to something used during sex or used by another p ...Read more
Weak signal of hsv-1 in blood test. Does this mean it is new to my system? Do I have to take meds doctor prescribed if no outbreak? Retesting one week
Plan.: Please, wait for next test, because this test may be false positive. It happens. ...Read more
Not herpes: Although it is possible to get herpes lesions on other parts of the body (called herpes gladiatorum), it is rare and is v. unlikely in your case. Most probably you're body is reacting to the ill-fitting shoes. I would definitely stop wearing the shoes entirely and try to minimize any activity that makes the feet hurt. You need to rest and recover first. Keep off the feet and protect the blisters. ...Read more
Got hsv-1 gential at 18 years old. I had one outbreak the first year and have had 6 since- I'm 32 now. The only confirmed outbreak was when I was pregnant and it was one lesion on the anus. Is this many outbreaks normal for genital hsv-1?
Yes: Yes, this is considered the normal pattern for HSV-1. What we generally see is that the outbreaks decrease in frequency over time after the first 12-18 months. From my experience, there's a lot of variability but generally speaking, a lot of people will still get outbreaks once a year, commonly as a result of high stress or an unrelated cold. Hope this helps ...Read more
Of course not: This is totally phony, intended to sell junk to a person with a grammar-school science education. Everybody's pH balances itself -- if it doesn't, you die. If this is something you read in a book, throw it away. If this is something that a health care practitioner told you, report that individual to the licensure board. ...Read more
Depends: The level of hsv titers will determine positive or negative. Each lab has there own range of normal. Without knowing your labs range it is difficult to answer. I would venture that you are likely hsv 1 positive, which most people are. The hsv 2 is not clear without more information. ...Read more