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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes Simplex virus 1 & 2 can be a cause of sexually transmitted diseases or sometimes oral/oral contact. Herpes Simplex 1: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cold-sore/basics/definition/con-20021310 & ...Read more


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Can you get genital herpes simplex 2 from someone with oral herpes simplex 1?

Can you get genital herpes simplex 2 from someone with oral herpes simplex 1?

No: But you can get herpes simplex 1 in the genital area. Most adults are already positive for hsv1. If you already have it, you will get nothing. A blood test can tell you if you need to worry. ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes simplex virus 2 from someone who has oral herpes 1?

Can you get genital herpes simplex virus 2 from someone who has oral herpes 1?

Yes: Oral herpes simplex virus-1, can be transmitted to the genitals via fellatio or cunnilingus, just as hsv-2 can be transmitted from person's genitals to an other person's mouth. Thus you should avoid oral sex with anyone with a sore on his or her mouth. Hsv is extremely contagious even in the absence of symptoms or visible lesions. Thus beware! ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes simplex 2 from someone who has oral herpes simplex 1?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes simplex 2 from someone who has oral herpes simplex 1?

No, but,: You can get hsv1 in the gential area from someone with hsv1 or hsv2 in the oral area from someone with hsv2. They are 2 distinct forms of herpes virus though both respond well to the same medications often. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

Please advise what is the difference between herpes simplex 1, herpes simplex 2 and gential herpes?

Different Viruses: Hsv 1 and 2 are 2 viruses in the same family. They cause oral 'cold sores' and genital herpes. Both viruses can cause genital herpes. ...Read more

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How/why is herpes simplex 2 considered worse than herpes simplex 1?

It isn't: These viruses are very similar except that type i usually infects around the mouth and type ii around the genitalia. ...Read more

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Can a person with skin herpes give genital herpes ?

Can a person with skin herpes give genital herpes ?

Herpes: What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (hsv-1) or type 2 (hsv-2). Most genital herpes is caused by hsv-2. Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from hsv-1 or hsv-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. ...Read more

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Does herpes type1 IgG possitive contagious with out outbreaks ?

Does herpes type1 IgG  possitive contagious with out outbreaks ?

Some viral shedding: Although the chance of transmission is highest during an active outbreak, there is still a very small chance of transmitting/spreading the infection without outbreak as some viral shedding occurs all the time. If you have frequent outbreak, consult your doc for suppressive treatment as there are quite a few options available these days. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can someone with skin herpes transmit genital herpes?

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Can someone with skin herpes transmit genital herpes?

Yes: If you have a herpetiform lesion on your skin, it is teeming with virus; if it touches mucosa, you can spread it (oral or genital!). ...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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Diagnosed with herpes 1 and indeterminacy herpes 2. Married. Have small cut like blister outside vagina. Is this herpes or another std.

Diagnosed with herpes 1 and indeterminacy herpes 2.  Married.  Have small cut like blister outside vagina.  Is this herpes or another std.

See details: Herpes can have a variety of appearances including cut like blisters. If they recur in similar areas and last a few days, it is consistent with herpes. If you have no other reason for the blister such as scratching or shaving then is probably is. See your GYN to confirm. ...Read more

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How often people infected with hsv-2 develops herpetic encephalitis?

Uncommon: Encephalistis from hsv is uncommon but can be lethal. Hsv-1 actually has a predilection for central nervous system cells and can infect the temporal lobe of our brain. Most patients have a very acute course of personality change. Prompt lumbar puncture is often confirmatory and prolonged/timely IV antibiotics are essential treatments. ...Read more

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Herpes simplex virus 2. How dangerous is it?

Herpes simplex virus 2. How dangerous is it?

Depends: Dangerous can mean different things to different people. It can be dangerous because it causes genital lesions which are hazardous to your sex life. It can also rarely cause meningoencephalitis (brain and surrounding tissue infection) which is far more life threatening. However, the most common presentation of hsv-2 is genital herpes, which is not life threatening. ...Read more

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Can I (male) get genital herpes by french kissing a girl with genital herpes (type 2)? Thank you.

Can I (male) get genital herpes by french kissing a girl with genital herpes (type 2)? Thank you.

No: Unless she has the genital herpes on her lips, which is possible, then just kissing will not expose you to the genital herpes. ...Read more

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Whats the percentage or chance of getting herpes 2 by sharing a cigarette with someone who has herpes 1 and 2

Whats the percentage or chance of getting herpes 2 by sharing a cigarette with someone who has herpes 1 and 2

Genital herpes: Herpes 2 is usually transmitted by contact with the genital area, but if the person is shedding virus onto his hand and touches the cigarette and then you put the cigarette in your mouth, it would be possible to transmit the virus to you. Herpes 2 can cause oral infection. ...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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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more