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Painful sexual intercourse, painful urge to urinate, bleeding, swelling, itching? Possible genital herpes outbreak?

Painful sexual intercourse, painful urge to urinate, bleeding, swelling, itching? Possible genital herpes outbreak?

Possibly herpes: These symptoms are quite typical for newly acquired genital herpes; too severe for an outbreak of recurrent herpes. New herpes is especially likely if at risk, e.g. new partner or partner known to have genital herpes. Severe urinary tract infection or other STD also are possible. Get care ASAP, the sooner the better both for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment if it's herpes. Good luck! ...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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Is possible that genital herpes symptoms appear for the first time 3 years after being infected?

Is possible that genital herpes symptoms appear for the first time 3 years after being infected?

Yes: Often people with genital herpes have no symptoms. These may appear long after infection. Blood studies and cultures from any blisters, ulcers or even skin cracks (fissures) will make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes on the back of your butt?

Yes: An especially common place to get it is in the "butt crack, " between the cheeks, just north of the anus. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes if you and your partner didn t have it before?

Herpes: In order to get genital herpes, you have to be exposed/contacted at some time--current partner or a previous one. A blood test can check on your exposure and antibodies. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes from new unwashed underware just recently bought?

Is it possible to get genital herpes from new unwashed underware just recently bought?

No, but...: Many things are possible in life, but presume new underwear is "herpes-free." No worries. Wear it happily. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes from oral sex?

Is it possible to get genital herpes from oral sex?

Yes: Herpes viruses are associated with mucous membranes. Usually hsv-1 is found in the oral cavity and hsv-2 is found in the genital area. But, crossover infection is becoming more common. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from having a baby?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes from having a baby?

No: If you have not previously had genital herpes your delivery of a baby is not going to give it to you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from cold sores?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes from cold sores?

That is possible.: Sometimes herpes type I infection can be spread to genitals. ...Read more

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Is it at all possible to contract genital herpes without any sexual contact?

Here are some: Theoretically, it's possible if HSV is present at micro skin injury; in reality, sexual contact is the most documented means to transmit genital herpes. So, I would recommend not worrying about contracting genital herpes from other ways other than sexual contact but focusing on practicing healthy lifestyle without overindulgence & obsession - the surest means to live a long happy life. ...Read more

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Is it possible to spread genital herpes even if your partner is wearing a condom?

Is it possible to spread genital herpes even if your partner is wearing a condom?

Herpes: It depends on who is infected and where. If the condom covers the infected skin on the male's penis then no. If the condom is not covering where he is infected then yes. If you have vaginal herpes then his condom would protect him. If your herpes is not in the vagina then a condom would not protect him. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes without having sex?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes without having sex?

Yes.: You can kiss someone with oral "genital, " of type two herpes in their mouth and contract type 2 orally. Hence, the confusion of oral versus genital. I prefer to use the terms type one and two. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have genital herpes for years without being diagnosed by a doctor until after so long?

Yes: Sometimes herpes carriers (both men and women) can be without symptoms. Asymptomatic carriers can still transmit the virus to others through intimate contact. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore?

It depends...: If you're asking whether your own oral herpes (cold sores) can be transmitted to your own genital area, the answer is no -- or extremely rarely if it happens at all. However, if someone with oral herpes performs oral sex on a partner, the partner may get genital herpes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore?

Absolutely: You can get type 1 which is oral herpes in the genital region and u can get type 2 which is genital herpes in the mouth or lips. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get genital herpes without sexual intercourse?

Yes: Yes, it is possible, if the person who has herpes has active lesions and is in contact with your genital area. ...Read more

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Is it possible to transmit genital herpes to someone if they touch the crotch of your thin sweatpants while wearing them and then touch their mouth?

Is it possible to transmit genital herpes to someone if they touch the crotch of your thin sweatpants while wearing them and then touch their mouth?

No risk at all: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is transmitted ONLY by direct genital-genital or oral-genital contact. The virus is not transmitted at all by the kind of indirect contact you mention. If you don't have sex with an infected person, you'll never get it. So choose your partners with care and have safe sex with new or possibly high risk partners. Otherwise no worries about herpes or other STDs. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes if I have a cold sore, kiss my partner, and then let my partner go down on me?

Is it possible to get genital herpes if I have a cold sore, kiss my partner, and then let my partner go down on me?

Herpes transmission: Two types of herpes are recognized, one mainly on the face, eyes, and oral cavity, the second in the genital areas. But, there are exceptions and one type may affect the other area. So while unlikely, the answer is still yes. Oral fluids contain virus, which may be ping-ponged from you to partner, and back. And once established in a tissue, herpes is there permanently. Don't take chances. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get genital herpes from masturbating when having a cold sore? (I used my own saliva)

Is it possible to get genital herpes from masturbating when having a cold sore? (I used my own saliva)

Yes: It is possible to self inoculate. The classic place is on the finger to get what is called a herpetic whitlow, a painful infection on the hand. ...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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Genital herpes for 6 years. Is it possible to accidentally spread genital herpes to mouth after that long?

Genital herpes for 6 years. Is it possible to accidentally spread genital herpes to mouth after that long?

If virus present: Herpes can be spread through genital to mouth contact if the virus is currently shedding regardless of how long the infection has been present in your body. One should avoid contact during an outbreak or when symptoms are present. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have genital herpes even if I tested negative? Doctor tested what looked like pimple.

Possible: Although the lesion which the doctor tested may not have been herpetic (or may have been missed), many women who have had genital herpes but do not currently have lesions, continue to shed virus in their vaginal secretions. That is why obstetricians may suggest c-sections for women with this history. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Not: Only germs that enter your blood have the potential to enter your breast milk. This one will not. This germ passes through direct skin to skin contact. ...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)

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


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