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I have had genital herpes for 8 years. Recently my outbreaks have increased dramatically and seem constant. What health factors could be causing this?

I have had genital herpes for 8 years. Recently my outbreaks have increased dramatically and seem constant. What health factors could be causing this?

Something systemic: Given your symptoms of headaches, sleep problems, weakness and more frequent outbreaks, it seems as though something is compromised about your overall health. While this could be related to stress, before this is considered the cause, a full health screen should be undertaken by your primary doctor. ...Read more

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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What is the difference between oral and genital herpes?

What is the difference between oral and genital herpes?

HSV-1 vs. HSV-2: Oral is on the lips, usually caused by hsv-1. Genital is on the genitals, usually caused by hsv-2. ...Read more

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New partner. I have infrequent genital herpes outbreaks. What should we do?

New partner. I have infrequent genital herpes outbreaks. What should we do?

Herpes transmission: Herpes can be transmitted without a full blown outbreak. If your partner doesn't have herpes, take 400 mg of Acyclovir daily, . ...Read more

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How can I treat genital herpes?

How can I treat genital herpes?

...: Genital herpes can be treated with several different medications including acyclovir, Famciclovir and valacyclovir. Treatment can be offered as the outbreaks occur. But if someone has multiple frequent outbreaks, consideration can be given to suppressive therapy (i.e. Take medication daily to prevent outbreaks). Talk to your doctor about your options. ...Read more

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How common is genital herpes?

How common is genital herpes?

Very common. : Millions of people have this but many ( often, men), don't know they have it. ...Read more

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What should you do if your partner has genital herpes?

Outbreaks: Be aware of outbreaks. Avoid sex for 7-10 days after an outbreak heals. Have your partner consider taking medication for suppression of the herpes virus. Use condoms. ...Read more

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What protection should I use if my partner has genital herpes?

Avoid Direct Contact: Genital herpes is essentially spread by direct contact with an infectious area. It is very common and easy spread. Genital herpes can be spread even if you or your partner don't see any sores - orally or genitally. Valtrex has been shown to reduce, not eliminate the risk for asymptomatic transmission. Condoms can help but contact outside of the condom covered areas can result in infection. ...Read more

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Can you catch genital herpes from a toilet seat? I don't believe you can but I'm not certain and I don't want to Google.

Can you catch genital herpes from a toilet seat? I don't believe you can but I'm not certain and I don't want to Google.

Very unlikely: The Herpes virus spreads by direct contact primarily, However according to Public Health Agency data the virus can last up to eight hours on surfaces. So it is feasible,but highly unlikely. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to form a cure against genital herpes?

Why is it so hard to form a cure against genital herpes?

Viral: Herpes is causes by a virus. It is very difficult to impossible to find a "cure" for diseases caused by viruses, because the viruses are ever-changing. The best we can hope for is prevention with lifestyle measures (condoms for herpes prevention) and vaccines for those viruses that we have studied well enough to develop a vaccine. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes lesions are single or in clusters.

Is genital herpes lesions are single or in clusters.

Either is possible: The expression of a herpes infection is highly variable with the only thing consistent is that it will recur each time in the same area. ...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