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Hsv1 does that mean you have genital herpes?

Hsv1 does that mean you have genital herpes?

HSV1: No, hsv1 is the strain of human herpes virus. Hsv1 and 2 typically lie in the ganglia of neurons. If the lesions break out in the pubic region they are considered to be "genital herpes". ...Read more

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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Genital herpes hsv1 and oral herpes hsv1, what to do?

Genital herpes hsv1 and oral herpes hsv1, what to do?

See a dermatologist: You may have hsv1 + hsv2. There are prescription and otc remedies promoted but they are all a waste of money. Prescription pills are very effective. You need advise on what this means to you as well as your contacts. It is not likely that you will get what you need unless you see a dermatologist or perhaps an infectious disease specialist. Although there is extensive knowledge about this, most phy. ...Read more

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I've had hsv1 my hole life. I gave my boyfriend oral with a coldsore and then had unprotected sex. What are the chances of me getting genital herpes?

HSV1: Cold sores spread from person to person by close personal contact, such as kissing. Cold sores are caused by a herpes simplex virus (hsv-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (hsv-2). Both of these herpes simplex viruses can affect your mouth or your genitals, and can be spread via oral sex. In this situation you may get them especially since you were having an outbreak. ...Read more

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HSV2 igg 1.5 IGM neg no s/s of infection. never lesions, Thoughts. false (+) or (+) genital herpes infection. virus dormant like HSV1? any worries

HSV2 igg 1.5 IGM neg no s/s of infection. never lesions,   Thoughts. false (+) or (+) genital herpes infection. virus dormant like HSV1? any worries

Maybe false positive: The HSV IgM antibody test is notoriously unreliable. Real herpes and STD experts never order that test and always ignore the result and so should you. If you have also had an IgG antibody test that is negative, you can safely assume your IgM result is false and that you don't have HSV2. ...Read more

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My husband has hsv1 with no symptoms of cold sores , can I still get genital herpes from this through oral sex?

My husband has hsv1 with no symptoms of cold sores , can I still get genital herpes from this through oral sex?

Misinformed?: There are two separate herpes viruses. One cannot transmit a virus they do not have. 75% of adults have hsv 1 already. We now understand that 90% of those do not have outbreaks. But, viral shedding does occur and contagiousness is common even without an outbreak. Hsv 2, the 'genital' herpes, is found in 25% of humans. ...Read more

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If 80% of us pop. Carry hsv1 virus why isnt genital herpes much more common with oral sex being such a popular activity?

If 80% of us pop. Carry hsv1 virus why isnt genital herpes much more common with oral sex being such a popular activity?

You're right: With the growing popularity of oral sex activity, the hsv2 virus is becoming more common. It used to be that hsv1 was oral and hsv2 was genital. It is now recognized that they are both similar viruses that can affect either site. The strain is truly irrelevant as they are both highly contagious, prone to recurrent eruptions, treated with anti-viral medications & can lead to permanent nerve damage. ...Read more

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Will my doc allow me to suppress my genital herpes after just my 1st outbreak of hsv1 on my genitals I'm afraid to pass this on to my kids?

Will my doc allow me to suppress my genital herpes after just my 1st outbreak of hsv1 on my genitals I'm afraid to pass this on to my kids?

Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks (meds) or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it , baby sick around 2 wks. ...Read more

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I got a cold sore for the first time and scared me to death.. but since i have what theyy call "hsv1" is it likelyy to get genital herpes faster !?

No risk, no worries: Probably you have had your oral HSV1 infection a long time, even though you've only had your first outbreak. Half of all adults have oral HSV1. Oral HSV1 is not likely to ever infect your genital area; you are immune to transferring it to anywhere else on your body. Having HSV1 makes you slightly less susceptible to HSV2, the usual cause of genital herpes. ...Read more

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If a partner already has HSV1 and I perform oral sex on him at the "tingle" stage before a cold sore, how likely that he could get Genital Herpes?

If a partner already has HSV1 and I perform oral sex on him at the "tingle" stage before a cold sore, how likely that he could get Genital Herpes?

Unclear question: If you have oral herpes and it is HSV 1, and your partner already has HSV 1, then you will not transmit the infection with or without the sore. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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A girl says she takes a prescription med for cold sores she gets in mouth. I thought meds are for genital herpes? Why would she take for hsv1?

A girl says she takes a prescription med for cold sores she gets in mouth. I thought meds are for genital  herpes? Why would she take for hsv1?

To relieve symptoms.: Hsv1 occurs as oral herpes and is also called herpes labialis. Cold sores are as a result of hsv1 and can be extremely uncomfortable if they are allowed to run their course. Medications given for control of the symptoms for blisters and painful mouth conditions help tremendously and are similar to the medications for controlling hsv2 which is found in genital herpes. ...Read more

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If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when i gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but i'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

If I have a canker sore/cold sore, why did my hsv1 test come back negative? I had a canker sore that resulted in giving my girlfriend genital herpes when i gave her oral sex....She's positive for hsv1, but i'm not. Is that normal? Did we take different te

Make : Make sure you both are tested for hsv type 1 and 2. It was previously thought that type 1 was only localzed to the mouth and type 2 to the genitals, but that is not correct. Also consider the fact that your gilrfriend already carried the virus and you did not give it to her by giving her oral sex. Take care. ...Read more

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Can someone with genital herpes have a western blot when there's no outbreak?ive had hsv1 on mouth many times,blood test said hsv2 1.25 & hsv1 5.0

Can someone with genital herpes have a western blot when there's no outbreak?ive had hsv1 on mouth many times,blood test said  hsv2 1.25 & hsv1 5.0

Of course: These serologic tests tell you nothing about whether you ever have outbreaks. Many of us question their value except in confirming clinical suspicion of active or episodic infection. ...Read more

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IGG test came back + for HSV1.I've been having itching on labia majora before my period every month,but no sores. Could this be from genital herpes?

IGG test came back + for HSV1.I've been having itching on labia majora before my period every month,but no sores. Could this be from genital herpes?

Could be: Genital lesions are usually due to HSV 2, but HSV 1 can cause genital lesions. It would be prudent to get the actual lesions tested as the itching may not be due HSV at all. Having HSV 1 and genital itching does not mean the two are related. ...Read more

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Fingered a girl with genital herpes 2 months ago. Washed hands for 5 min right after. Noticed cold sore on lip but do have hsv1. Is it possibly hsv2?

Fingered a girl with genital herpes 2 months ago. Washed hands for 5 min right after. Noticed cold sore on lip but do have hsv1. Is it possibly hsv2?

Hard to say: Hsv 1 is more often linked to cold sores at the lip margins while hsv 2 is most often linked with genital lesions. However, both strains are occasionally found at either location. Whether or not this has anything to do with the exposure you cite is hard to say. ...Read more

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My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se

My husband gave me genital herpes through a canker sore--but his STD test came back negative for hsv1? Why is that? I have only had one sexual partner: my husband. I contracted genital herpes because he had a canker sore in his mouth and performed oral se

Test failure: The tests for viral presence and accurate identification (hsv-1 and hsv-2) are not 100% accurate. They tend to look for antibodies for the particular virus, which may not have yet been detectable when the test was performed. A re-test with one of the newer screening tests is advisable. ...Read more

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How does the transmission of genital herpes simplex 1 work?

Usually through oral: Usually follows oral sex but may occur through genital sex in an infected partner with genital herpes simplex 1. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

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


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more