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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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Why are people with genital herpes considered more contagious their first year of infection?

Why are people with genital herpes considered more contagious their first year of infection?

Myths: That is myth and no longer even part of a expert physician's practice. What is your specific concerns about your health? ...Read more

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What does having GENITAL HERPES NOS mean? Not otherwise specified ? Can you explain what that means? are they contagious ?

Out of Context: Are you reading a lab report or a Doctor's medical billing records. Your question is very unclear. It appears your doctor believes you have herpes. If that is so there must be much more to this story about how they got to that conclusion and what took you to the doctor in the first place. ...Read more

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A doctor in a article in Cosmo magazine said if you're taking meds for genital herpes you can't spread it. I thought you were still contagious. ?

You are correct.: Risk lowered by 50% if taking therapy. But risk is not zero. Virus shed intermittently even when no infection is obvious. Should be sure that you actually have herpes and whether it is type 1 or 2 - see your doc for this. Partners should know about your infection status and consider checking their own status. http://www.ashastd.org ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with genital herpes, after the out break is gone am I contagious. I am a 52 year old male?

I was just diagnosed with genital herpes, after the out break is gone am I contagious. I am a 52 year old male?

Not once rash gone: Herpes infectious in all its forms (cold sores, genital and shingles/zoster) is contagious as long as the rash is present, and the sores are healing. Once gone, the virus "goes to sleep" in the body, usually along a nerve and can reawaken due to various things like stress. While rare, some people can transmit the virus through bodily fluids without lesions, so nothing is quite 100%.Use condom! ...Read more

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How contagious is genital herpes? Is there any treatment that will suppress genital herpes for a long period of time? I just want to know how contagious genital herpes is. Also i want to know if there are any treatments to suppress hsv2 for a long period

How contagious is genital herpes? Is there any treatment that will suppress genital herpes for a long period of time? I just want to know how contagious genital herpes is. Also i want to know if there are any treatments to suppress hsv2 for a long period

Hello. : Hello. If you have active disease it is very contagious. If you have sores you should not have sex. Even if a condom is used it might not adequately prevent contact with all of the lesions. Remember that herpes can be spread even when there aren't active lesions. Regarding suppression, some people with frequent outbreaks receive daily medication (i.e., acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

NO: This is a term for what is thought to be a viral induced infection of the balance mechanism of the inner ear. It is not a specific virus is most cases. It is not treated with acyclovir. See your doctor is this problem is occurring or persistent. ...Read more

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What to do if i heard that mouth ulcers aren't contagious but can you get genital herpes from mouth ulcers if you engage in oral sex when ulcers are present?

What to do if i heard that mouth ulcers aren't contagious but can you get genital herpes from mouth ulcers if you engage in oral sex when ulcers are present?

Yes, its possible.: You can get genital herpes from oral sex if the mouth ulcers are herpetic. It is not always easy to tell if mouth lesions are herpetic. Many recurring mouth ulcers come from a herpes virus. Oral sex when mouth lesions are present should be avoided. ...Read more

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What could happen if i take medicine for genital herpes and i don't have the disease?

What could happen if i take medicine for genital herpes and i don't have the disease?

Not much: If a patient takes a medication for genital herpes without actually having genital herpes, then that patient in general would be susceptible to the side effects of that medication, much like any other individual would. In no way does taking the medication increase your risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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If I am dating someone who has genital herpes, how can I prevent getting the disease?

If I am dating someone who has genital herpes, how can I prevent getting the disease?

Condoms: It has been shown that if you are very careful and avoid contact during "known "infective periods still 10% will transmit hsv.My best answer: have partner start Valtrex (valacyclovir) treatment daily. ...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)

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