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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. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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How is hsv-1 (oral herpes) an std, when you can catch it from anyone anywhere? Or its not considered an std? Confused

Similar viruses: Hsv-1 is commonly acquired as a childhood illness. During an outbreak of a cold sore, it can be transmitted through mucous membranes during oral sexual encounters if contact is made to the genitals. So, although it is not considered an std, it can be acquired through sexual contact. ...Read more

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Is HSV 1 an std?

Is HSV 1 an std?

Can be, usually not: HSV1 primarily causes oral herpes, almost always acquired nonsexually, often in childhood. Most are asymptomatic, with no actual outbreaks of cold sores etc. However, oral sex by someone with oral HSV1 can transmit it to a partner's genitals. In that context, it's an STD. But the large majority of infections are not sexually acquired. ...Read more

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Is HSV 1 & HSV 2 the same? The doc said that either 1 can occur in the oral & genital area. Does that mean both HSV 1 & HSV 2 r both considered stds?

Interchangeable: Herpes simplex viruses =hsv 1 & 2 are interchangeable when it comes to causing genital herpes. So it is the location of symptomotogy that dictates whether herpes is a std not the HSV virus#. ...Read more

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Swollen elliptical pimple Like bump on vagina usually before or during menses.. keeps recurring.. hsv 1 and 2 both negative. Other STD s also negativ?

Swollen elliptical pimple Like bump on vagina usually before or during menses.. keeps recurring.. hsv 1 and 2 both negative. Other STD s also negativ?

Not herpes or STD: Everyone thinks of herpes recurrent genital lesions, but the tests are against it and herpes doesn't recur this regularly or this often and rarely in the exact same spot. With the menstural cycle variation, I would suspect a cyst of hormonally responsive tissue, like a bit of tissue like the uterine lining. I'm not a gynecologist and don't know if such things happen. But discuss with your gyn. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can it mean when your STD results for hsv-1 IgG says abnormal 3.667 (h)?

HSV infections: HSV-1 means herpes simplex virus above the waist. Usually presents with cold sores or mouth ulcerations. HSV-2 means gential herpes. While active disease gives an abnormal test by IgM. But herpes is forever. There is good treatment however. See your family doc for this like acyclovir. ...Read more

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I got an STD test and im unsure what the results mean. I tested positive for HSV 1.10. Is that HSV 1? Common cole sores?

I got an STD test and im unsure what the results mean. I tested positive for HSV 1.10. Is that HSV 1? Common cole sores?

10%: Roughly 10% of genital herpes is from hsv-1. Treatment the same, less overall outbreaks over time which is good but oral sex is the likely reason u got it. Good luck and don't feel permanently contaminated. It can start to make u feel bad about yourself but up to 30% of adults have exposure to hsv-2 and 70% don't know. If on blood test then prob from mouth, sorry for earlier confusion. ...Read more

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I have white bumps that go away and reoccur on the inside of my cheeks. Any help? Is it an std? Can you get an STD in there besides HSV 1? Is it rare?

I have white bumps that go away and reoccur on the inside of my cheeks. Any help? Is it an std? Can you get an STD in there besides HSV 1? Is it rare?

Probably not an STD: It does not sound like you have an std from the way you describe the condition. You may want to have dentist or oral surgeon look at the area in question. These spots could be a normal variant of sebaceous glands that are in skin but are called koplicks spots. The only way to know would be to have a dental professional check it out. ...Read more

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Had a blood test done for stds. My HSV 1 Igb, Type Spec is 4.49 High. What does this really mean?

Prior Exposure: I'm assuming you mean IgG antibody. IgG indicates prior exposure HSV I. HSV 1 is the herpes virus that causes certain types of cold sores on the mouth. They can also occur in the genital region but this is less common. Knowing the IgM level would allow me to be more precises. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I had a blood test. Hsv 1 IgG type specific. Results 4.65 (0.00- 0.90 index)h. What does mean. Do I have an std?

I had a blood test. Hsv 1 IgG type specific. Results 4.65 (0.00- 0.90 index)h. What does mean. Do I have an std?

Welcome to the club!: Roughly half of all adults in the US have positive blood tests for HSV1 -- up to 70% at your age of 67. So welcome to a club with 150 million members! Most of these infections are oral, although some are genital. The majority are asymptomatic and remain that way, but many have recurrent oral herpes (cold sores, fever blisters). Without symptoms, HSV1 is rarely transmitted to other persons. ...Read more

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Received oral 5 weeks ago. STD tests all negative 4weeks past exposure. Hsv 1 2.82h. Is it an old oral infection or could it b new? Never any symptoms

Old infection: Given the high prevalence of HSV 1 in the general population in combination with the titer makes me suggest that this is an old infection ...Read more

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Recently took an STD test and blood test, my results for HSV 1 say 31.40 H, can you please explain to me what this means, and if I need to be worried.

Recently took an STD test and blood test, my results for HSV 1 say 31.40 H, can you please explain to me what this means, and if I need to be worried.

Lab results: Every lab has their own range of values. So your is saying some specimen from you shows you have the virus for a cold sore. Or some call it a fever blister. ...Read more

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Does HSV 1 IgM screen negative and HSV 2 IgM screen negative does that mean I have a std?

No acute infection: It means there is no acute infection with hsv 1&2 virus.But does not mean you have std. ...Read more

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I do not understand my STD lab test results. The reading for HSV 1 is 0.17 & for HSV 2 is 0.34. HCV ratio is 0.02. Am I positive for these diseases???

I do not understand my STD lab test results. The reading for HSV 1 is 0.17 & for HSV 2 is 0.34. HCV ratio is 0.02. Am I positive for these diseases???

Look at refernce rng: Those do not sound positive to me. You have to look at the reference range for the lab. It should be listed to the right of your results if it is a standard lab report.

Don't panic. Talk to your doctor if they ordered the tests for you. If you went to a direct-to-consumer lab, then ask them for the reference ranges if they are not on the results report. ...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?

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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My friend test std, results. Chlamydia trachomatis positive, abnormal andnon reactive negative. Hsv 2 igG. 2.69. HSV 1 igG. 37.90. the me?

What's the question?: You don't ask a question -- I'm not sure what information you're looking for. These HSV test results are positive for both HSV1 and HSV2. However, when the HSV1 IgG antibody test is very strongly positive and the HSV2 result is much lower, as in your friend, the HSV2 result sometimes is false. Additional testing, preferably with a Western blot test, can sort it out. ...Read more

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If I am hsv-1 positive but have it in my genital area (due to oral sex) is it the same as hsv2? is hsv1 considered an STD?

If I am hsv-1 positive but have it in my genital area (due to oral sex) is it the same as hsv2? is hsv1 considered an STD?

No. For you, yes.: Herpes 1 and 2 are "different animals." They are not the same virus, but they cause similar skin lesions and similar problems. They are contagious in the same way. As they say, "It's location, location, location." That means herpes 1 on a sexual location is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Herpes 1 on a non-sexual location is not an STD. ...Read more

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I have a bump in my pubic hair that looks kinda like a pimple. Is this some form of STD? I have hsv-1 (cold sores) but never anything down there

I have a bump in my pubic hair that looks kinda like a pimple. Is this some form of STD? I have hsv-1 (cold sores) but never anything down there

Likely folliculitis: With the development of pubic hair, you become susceptible to folliculitis -- i.e. inflammation or minor infection at the base of a hair. (You may be able to see a hair in the center of the pimple.) The only STD that could do this is genital herpes, but herpes doesn't involve hairs and is uncommon in the pubic area. You'll be at higher risk of folliculitis if you shave your pubic hair. ...Read more

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Have had HSV-1 since I was a child. I recently got STD tested & they tested a sore I had near my vagina. Did they test for HSV-1 rather than HSV-2?

Hsv: HSV1 and HSV2 can both cause sores below the waste but the majority are HSV2. The test should be a serum test not just one sore. A blood test for both HSV1&2. ...Read more

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What is the different between Fordyce spots and HPV? I notice some bumps on my penis. I had paid sex for a night 3 weeks ago with condom. I had performed STD blood and urine test, everything negative except HSV-1 and fungal infection on my penis.

What is the different between Fordyce spots and HPV? I notice some bumps on my penis. I had paid sex for a night 3 weeks ago with condom. I had performed STD blood and urine test, everything negative except HSV-1 and fungal infection on my penis.

Probably not warts: Google "genital warts" and "fordyce spots" to see typical photos of both conditions. In general, FS are in much larger number and all skin bumps similar in appearance and pretty much the same size and quite small. Warts are less numerous and more variable in size and appearance. Warts take at least 6-8 weeks to show up, often 6-12 months after exposure. They cannot appear in only 3 weeks. ...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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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 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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex 1 (Definition)

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