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I scratched tissue roughly from bad yeast infection nurse decided to do a HSV CULTURE w/ Reflex Typing just incase what does reflex typying mean?

I scratched tissue roughly from bad yeast infection nurse decided to do a HSV CULTURE w/ Reflex Typing just incase what does reflex typying mean?

Type of Herpes Test: Hi Ryan - Sometimes a yeast infection and a Herpes or HSV infection can cause similar symptoms of irritation in the genital area. The nurse is being cautious and helping make sure that Herpes is not the cause of the irritation. There are two types of HSV, HSV 1 and HSV 2. A reflex test asks the laboratory to determine which type of HSV it is only if EITHER type of HSV is detected to begin with. ...Read more

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HSV 1+2 Serum test resut- 1.77 & HSV Type 1+2 PCR DNA result Negative. Can't understand the difference between two results.

HSV 1+2 Serum test resut- 1.77 & HSV Type 1+2 PCR DNA result Negative. Can't understand the difference between two results.

Need details: PCR will detect herpes virus if present on the skin. If no virus is shedding at the time, then it shows negative. But herpes is present in a dormant form in a nerve and is detected by noting serum antibodies. Antibodies are specific immunity which contain the virus but fail to reach inside a nerve. When the virus sometimes comes out onto the skin it can be detected by PCR. When the virus is only i ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: HSV type 1 and 2?

What is the definition or description of: HSV type 1 and 2?

HSV TYPE 1 AND 2: A variety of infections caused by herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2. Type 1 infections are marked by the eruption of vesicles on lips or at the external nares; type 2 by such lesions on the genitalia. Both types often are dormant and reappear during febrile illnesses or even physiologic states such as menstruation. The viruses become latent and and may not be expressed for years. ...Read more

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Does herpes type 1 genitally recurs less, is shed less, and presents far less risk of transmission to others than hsv-2 ?

Does herpes type 1 genitally recurs less, is shed less, and presents far less risk of transmission to others than hsv-2 ?

Probably not.: It's possible (almost anything is possible), but highly unlikely. You didn't describe what you have on your foot that led you to believe that it's herpes. Consult a dermatologist and find out what is going on. ...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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Can someone infected with HSV either type 1 or type 2 donate blood yearly? Is it contagious other than being it a skin disease? Can HSV be lethal?Thnx

Can someone infected with HSV either type 1 or type 2 donate blood yearly? Is it contagious other than being it a skin disease? Can HSV be lethal?Thnx

Yes: Hsv infection is not a contraindication to blood donation; most of the population has hsv 1, so that would be very problematic. The vast majority of the time it is a skin disease, but in the elderly, already sick , or immunosuppressed, it can become invasive and cause things like meningitis or hepatitis, or diffuse disseminated disease - this can be lethal. ...Read more

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My recent blood tests show positive for hsv type 1 IgG, negative for hsv 2 IgG and hsv1&2 IgM is positive. what does this mean and what should i do?

My recent blood tests show positive for hsv type 1 IgG, negative for hsv 2 IgG and hsv1&2 IgM is positive. what does this mean and what should i do?

Have HSV1, no HSV2: You are infected with HSV1, like up to 90% adults in your country. You don't have HSV2, except maybe if exposed recently; it takes several weeks for the test to become positive. Ignore the IgM result; it's probably just another reflection of your HSV1 infection. In theory, positive IgM means new infection with either virus, but It's notoriously unreliable, rarely done by herpes experts. ...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?

Here are some...: Current small bumps on glans penis are less likely related with HSV-I contracted 17 yrs ago. Instead, go to let urologist take a look to see if what you have is related with long foreskin. If yes, good topical hygiene with possible later circumcision may be required. To have the needed healthcare things done correctly, follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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Had 3 small pimples on penis. Two on the shaft one on the head. Hsv 2 neg and hsv1 pos. 2 weeks later look better but have 4 fluid filled pimples ?

Had 3 small pimples on penis.  Two on the shaft one on the head.  Hsv 2 neg and hsv1 pos. 2 weeks later look better but have 4 fluid filled pimples ?

Many causes: There are many reasons or causes of oral, genital, or other skin type lesions. Herpes is only one viral infection. See your medical doctor or a dermatologist to be diagnosed and treated properly. ...Read more

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My son has hsv type 1 is now six months and stop taking is meds and now has an outbreak on penis what should I do ?

My son has hsv type 1 is now six months and stop taking is meds and now has an outbreak on penis what should I do  ?

Confusing question: HSV 1 is most commonly associated with genital herpes and this can recur in the genitals at any time.Taking oral medicine to suppress the outbreaks is a common management tool. You don't list the age of the kid of the site of the original outbreak or why the meds were stopped.This prevents me from a more specific answer. Discuss this with the doc who started the meds. ...Read more

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Is there a lab test that can be done to determine if I have hsv type 1 ? The sore is gone, but the Dr. Who told me was a cold sore, seemed unsure.

Is there a lab test that can be done to determine if I have hsv type 1 ? The sore is gone, but the Dr. Who told me was a cold sore, seemed unsure.

HSV1 blood test: Yes, a blood test can tell if you are infected with HSV1, the usual cause of oral herpes (cold sores). Alternatively, you can wait and see if you have another outbreak, and the sore can be tested for the virus. If you google "cold sore" or "oral herpes", you can find photos of typical outbreaks to help determine if that's what you have. ...Read more

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How common is herpes simplex virus type 1?

HSV 1: In the United States, there are about 500, 000 primary hsv 1 infections each year. Infection is permanent, but rarely serious in the patient with a normal immune system. Most patients are either without symptoms or have mild clinical disease. ...Read more