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If You Have Herpes 1 Can You Get Herpes 2
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
Y is it, in the past, when I had a herpes out break my partner had one too. I've had two out break two years apart and my partner to, exact same time?
Sexual contact.: Herpes infections are actually very common. By the time you are sexually active, there is about a 40% chance that you have been exposed to herpes type 1 or 2. Most people you have herpes will not know it, yet they can transmit it to others. Some people actually get an outbreak and rarely some individuals get frequent outbreaks. Limit your sexual partners to as few as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different viruses: That means having immunity to one type does not protect you from another type. There are eight currently identified types of the human herpes virus family: herpes 1 (HHV1), herpes 2 (HHV2), varicella zoster (HHV3, chicken pox, shingles), Ebstein Barr (HHV4, EBV), cytomegalovirus (HHV5, CMV), roseola (HHV6, sixth disease), human herpes virus 7 (HHV7), and Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus (HHV8). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend has herpes and I kissed him last night but it was only for about two seconds could I get herpes?
Possibly...: To some extent this depends on your own immune status. If you have ever had a cold sore (aka fever blister) you may already have antibodies to type 1 herpes simplex virus (hsv) that would protect you against a new infection. Toddlers and small children can also get a hsv-1 infection of the lips and oral cavity that again will usually produce protective antibodies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Was told by my doctor I have herpes one and two I have never had any signs or symptoms or outbreaks what's going on with this?
Herpes: You are not alone. 90% of those who are infected with herpes do not have sores or outbreaks. But, they can still shed virus and be contagious. This is why all sexually active adults should have the herpes blood tests. Your partner, if you have one, should be tested as well. If they do not have the "genital' or type 2 virus you can go on medication to lower your contagiousness. ...Read more
I have one big raised bump in my pubic area and one or two small bumps but not in clusters what are the chances that this is herpes?
Doubt herpes, but...: This is not likely to be herpes, which generally does not cause sores in hairy areas, especially with the intitial HSV infection. And herpes rarely causes a "big raised bump" anywhere. I'm betting on pimples or folliculitis. But if you remain concerned, or if herpes seems possible because you are at risk for STD (e.g. new or unsafe partner), see a doctor or clinic. Better safe than sorry! ...Read more
What does it mean when you have a trace of herpes in ur blood? And only one doc found it and the other two didn't how will I know the truth?
Herpes serology: My focus is lab medicine and herpes serology -- detecting the antibodies -- is far from a perfect test. Truth be told, the real question is, 'do you get fever blisters on your lip? Do you get genital herpes? ' having the antibodies suggests you've met the respective viruses. As is so often the case in lab medicine, the real value is in the history and physical exam. And the labs are unreliable. ...Read more
My aunt was desperate for a cigarette so she picked one out of a random ash tray and smoked it but first she burned the filter. Could she get herpes?
Outbreaks: Herpes virus lives in the nerve cells and will break out periodically. Usually the frequency of outbreaks is more frequent if an acute infection, and less frequently for chronic infections. Not uncommon but see your doctor if you are concerned or if any changes to the outbreak. ...Read more
Herpes' IGG result 17.40 at 5th week after exposure - can one get that high result? Or could it be false positive? Should I rest to confirm? When?
Need more info: You don't mention which Herpes virus you were exposed to and what the exposure was. The high IgG titer may be correct. Many adults have IgG antibodies to Herpes simplex virus type 1, with or without overt infection. Most, but not all, genital infections are due to Herpes simplex type 2. However, type 1 can cause genital infections as well. ...Read more
Type specific = good: Type specific herpes tests are great at distinguishing between type 1 & 2. Rarely if someone is highly positive for type 1 w/ a very low positive for type 2, we believe it could be a false positive, even with type specific tests, which are the best tests out there to screen for herpes. If u have a genital sore, immediately see a doc for a swab which reliably distinguishes type 1&2, if positive. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with genital herpes 2 days ago and only been with one partner. Yet he tests negative. How'd I get it?
Sexual transmission: Herpes virus transmits via direct contact. You partner may also have had oral herpes that was transmitted to you via oral sex. There really is no other way to contract genital herpes--other than direct contact of someone who has lesions with your skin. However, when you are having a remission and have no ulcers you will not pass herpes to your partner. ...Read more
If my partner and I are both herpes simplex type one and we had oral sex. Could we both become herpes simplex type two? ?
Location change only: Herpes simplex type 1&2 are two different strains of the virus in the same family (chicken pox is actually a herpes virus too). It used to be a big deal having type 1 (oral) vs 2 (genital) but the sexual revolution had changed this perception a bit--type 1 can be down below and type 2 can occur above, but one does not change into another. Live well, live safely, and protect yourself. Good luck. ...Read more
I've been getting pimples (only one or two) in the same spot for about 3 months. Is it herpes or something I should be worried about?
See a dermatologist: Not enough detail for any diagnosis.Get a more detailed answer ›
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