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Is herpes is an STD ?

Is herpes is an STD ?

Yes: Genital herpes is almost always a sexually transmitted infection. Oral herpes can either be an STD but can also be transmitted other ways. Best wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Robert Killian
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Std (Definition)

This is a disease which can be transmitted from one person to another person through sexually related activities. This does not limit these activities to heterosexual intercourse, but encompasses all modalities of human-to-human sexual activity. It does not include illnesses that may make an individual more susceptible to a condition because of a sexual ...Read more


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How is hsv-1 (oral herpes) an std, when you can catch it from anyone anywhere? Or its not considered an std? Confused

How is hsv-1 (oral herpes) an std, when you can catch it from anyone anywhere?  Or its not considered an std? Confused

Similar viruses: Hsv-1 is commonly acquired as a childhood illness. During an outbreak of a cold sore, it can be transmitted through mucous membranes during oral sexual encounters if contact is made to the genitals. So, although it is not considered an std, it can be acquired through sexual contact. ...Read more

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Red sores in vagina, not itchy. Is it herpes and not an STD? Was blood tested 10 months ago when pregnant and not had sex with anyone but husband.

Red sores in vagina, not itchy. Is it herpes and not an STD? Was blood tested 10 months ago when pregnant and not had sex with anyone but husband.

Needs evaluation: To give you a diagnosis, a physician will need to examine you. To provide proper treatment, your physician will need to rule out herpes, syphilis, or another localized infection. ...Read more

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How do I read my std results for Herpes ?

How do I read my std results for Herpes ?

Missing info: To get the most from this site you need to provide the background information on the issue with as much detail as possible. Since you have not supplied the result in whatever form the report was written, no specific comment can be made. Different labs can report a result in many ways. You are welcome to start over but should discuss any result with your doc. ...Read more

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How does herpes spread? Is it always an std?

How does herpes spread? Is it always an std?

Contact: Contact is how you get herpes, i know of no other way. Whether it's kissing or rubbing, skin to skin contact is how the disease is transmitted. There is something called herpes gladiotorum that has ruined wrestling seasons because all of the wrestlers get it on their body typically starting from 1 person's mouth. ...Read more

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What is a way u can get herpes/std's without sex?

What is a way u can get herpes/std's without sex?

Yes, but...: You could get herpes, syphilis, and some other stds from kissing if you kissed someone who had an oral or pharyngeal infection. However, this is not the way stds are commonly spread. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes or some other type of std?

How do I know if I have herpes or some other type of std?

STD: Local symptoms from a herpes simplex 2 infection usually is seen 2 to 12 days after exposure and consists of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can appear on the penis, anus, labia or cervix and they can spread, coalesce followed by crusting over. The fluid in the lesions is very contagious. Some people contract herpes simplex 2 without any symptoms. Get tested to know. ...Read more

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Negative STD herpes result but showing symptoms, what's wrong?

Negative STD herpes result but showing symptoms, what's wrong?

Need eval to know.: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Does the STD herpes have to be present at the time to test positive ?

Does the STD herpes have to be present at the time to test positive ?

No: Herpes carrier status continues to test positive irrespective of breakouts. Transmission can still occur without eruptions. ...Read more

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While my STD herpes test was negative, I am showing symptoms. What should I do?

While my STD herpes test was negative, I am showing symptoms. What should I do?

See your doctor: This depends on the exact symptoms, how long it has been since your last possible herpes/STD exposure, and exactly what test(s) were done -- e.g. blood test (and there are several of those), culture, or DNA test (PCR). If you had a type-specific HSV blood test more than 12 weeks after exposure, almost certainly your symptoms aren't due to a new herpes infection. Follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Research paper on stds: could someone with herpes 2 give someone herpes type 1?

Research paper on stds: could someone with herpes 2 give someone herpes type 1?

No: If someone has only hsv2 then they can certainly spread that virus. You cannot spread something you do not have. The same would be said about someone with only hsv1. That person could spread hsv1 through close contact. ...Read more

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How is herpes diagnosed and is it possible to catch the STD 6 weeks before being tested positive for it?

How is herpes diagnosed and is it possible to catch the STD 6 weeks before being tested positive for it?

Hsv: Blood tests can be done but can also be diagnosed by physical exam (if lesions or symptoms are present). Yes it is possible to acquire this 6 weeks before testing is done. ...Read more

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I was told that since i had protected sex, herpes could be the one STD i could get. Is that true? Are there others?

I was told that since i had protected sex, herpes could be the one STD i could get. Is that true? Are there others?

Safer sex: Protected sex is safer but nothing but abstinence is 100% safe. If your partner had a herpes or other lesions on some part that wasn't "protected" he/she could still pass it to you. The other disease you can get if your protection method wasn't 100%. It is a good idea to have std checks regularly if you are sexually active. ...Read more

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My friend watches my baby during the week. She has the STD herpes. Should I be concerned that my baby will contract it?

My friend watches my baby during the week. She has the STD herpes. Should I be concerned that my baby will contract it?

No worries!: Genital herpes is never transmitted except by sex. Your baby will not be at risk from care by your friend. Don't worry about it. You're lucky to have such a good friend! ...Read more

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I am planning to get herpes test and the 8 pannel test at STD express. After 2 months to exposure. Do I have to wait for herpes test? To be conclusive

Okay to test: I am not specifically familiar with that test, but a reliable test for prior exposure to herpes should be accurate and reflective of an exposure that might have occurred two months prior. So, in answer to your question, no you do not have to wait. ...Read more

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What other STDs can herpes cause?

What other STDs can herpes cause?

Genital or labial : Hsv1 in general is the cause of herpes around the mouth area and sometimes in the oral mucosa. Hsv2 jn general causes herpes blisters in the anal, vaginal or penile area. Either virus can produce herpes blisters on any open area of the body (finger, eyes, nose). Treatment depends on how often you get outbreak and if its hsv1 or 2, which can be determined by culture. ...Read more

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Hsv Type 1 And 2 (Definition)

A variety of infections caused by herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2. Type 1 infections are marked by the eruption of vesicles on lips or at the external nares; type 2 by such lesions on the genitalia. Both types often are dormant and reappear during febrile illnesses or even physiologic states such as menstruation. The viruses become latent and and may not ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Herring Antibody Test (Definition)

Testing for ige antibodies may be useful to establish the diagnosis of an allergic disease and to define the allergens responsible for eliciting signs and symptoms. Testing also may be useful to identify allergens which may be responsible for allergic disease and/or anaphylactic episode, to confirm sensitization to particular allergens ...Read more