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Hsv1 does that mean you have genital herpes?

Hsv1 does that mean you have genital herpes?

Not necessarily: Hsv 1, herpes simplex virus, can be oral or genital, but just because one may have oral herpes (like in the form of a cold sore) that does not mean that they have it in the genital area as well. One could transfer the virus to the genital area of another individual by engaging in mouth to genital activity while having an open unhealed lesion on the lips or in the mouth. ...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?

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?

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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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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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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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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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)

This is 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