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Can you tell me about hsv-1?

Can you tell me about hsv-1?

Cold sores: HSV-1 is the virus that causes cold sores. However, it is found with increasing frequency as the culprit for genital herpes. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex 1 (Definition)

Herpes simplex 1 viral infection is very common in children and presents with mouth infection, with fever, eating difficulty, and drooling. The children get better, but the virus stays dormant in the area causing recurrent fever ...Read more


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Tested +ve for the HSV 1, is it contagious? What should I do?

Tested +ve for the HSV 1, is it contagious? What should I do?

HSV 1: 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

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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?

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

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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 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.

Herpes: Yes. Of course you are. But, unfortunately there is no test that can tell us where and when you are shedding virus and are contagious. We now know that having an outbreak or not is, in no way, predictive of contagion. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Does the presence of a cold sore make you contagious to other people with hsv-1?

Does the presence of a cold sore make you contagious to other people with hsv-1?

Herpes: A sore has no correlation to contagiousness with herpes. Viral shedding is just as likely to be present when there is no sore and not be present when there is a sore. This is new information. Many in medicine and in society have yet to learn how complicated herpes truly is. ...Read more

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What are the chances of spreading HSV 1 orally? Outbreak or no outbreak around mouth and or in mouth.? As contagious when no outbreak?

What are the chances of spreading HSV 1 orally? Outbreak or no outbreak around mouth and or in mouth.? As contagious when no outbreak?

HSV1: HSV 1 is spread orally. With an outbreak spread is more likely. With no outbreak spread is minimal (5% chance).

http://www.herpes.org. Nz/patient-info/myths-vs-facts/ ...Read more

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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?

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?

Old infection: High igg levels mean an old exposure, are you having symptoms now? Any skin lesions? You need to practice safe sex to avoid contagion, especially if you are experiencing an outbreak. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting HSV 2 if one already has HSV 1?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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If one person has hsv-1 (10yrs and they kiss and give hsv-1 to ther partner eventualy will both of them get hsv-2 if the have oral sex w/wo aoutbreak?

No: Hsv 1 and 2 are different viruses. One cannot simply "become" the other. Both viruses, however, can cause outbreaks in both the genitals and around the mouth. ...Read more

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If I have a one week breakout of herpes are the chances that it's hsv 1 on the genitals?

If I have a one week breakout of herpes are the chances that it's hsv 1 on the genitals?

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

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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

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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?

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?

Stop worrying: You've both met the virus and won't infect each other. Her contacting your sore won't cause hers to flare. Further, a physician can keep these at bay with medication. And fear of fever blisters is no reason not to kiss. Cherish your being together. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can having hsv-1 cause blisters on feet? One foot? Or are the blisters caused by my shoes?

Can having hsv-1 cause blisters on feet? One foot? Or are the blisters caused by my shoes?

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

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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

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What is considered low risk for contracting HSV 1 and 2?

Herpes simplex virus: Over 85% of the adult population has gotten infected with this virus, and it is very difficult to prevent unless you have had no contact with other humans. ...Read more

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How does hsv-1 and hsv-2 differ?

How does hsv-1 and hsv-2 differ?

Oral vs Genital: Herpes simplex virus 1 causes 90% of oral herpes infections and 10% of genital herpes infections. Herpes simplex virus 2 causes the exact converse percentages of disease. Herpes simplex 1 causes sporatic encephalitis while hsv2 rarely causes recurrent viral meningitis. ...Read more

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Can a balanced pH level kill HSV 1 and 2?

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

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Hsv 1 (2.14) HSV 2 (.90)? What does it mean?

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

Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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