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Can a person (male/female) who already carries HSV1or2, vaccinate Gardasil to prevent or lower the risk of getting other STDs, HPV or cancer etc.?

Can a person (male/female) who already carries HSV1or2, vaccinate Gardasil to prevent or lower the risk of getting other STDs, HPV or cancer etc.?

Absolutely: The HSV viruses are herpes simplex. Gardasil will help prevent you getting any of the HPV viruses, a different family, that you have not already contracted. It's a good idea. Best wishes. ...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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What are the chances of transmitting genital hsv-1 to someone who hasn't been exposed to the virus?

What are the chances of transmitting genital hsv-1 to someone who hasn't been exposed to the virus?

Always a possiblity: The virus is most transmissible just prior to symptoms showing up and can continue while cold sores or herpetic lesions are visible. Best way to avoid is to try and keep the virus dormant by living a healthy and stress free life. You can also minimize or prevent outbreaks with a medicine called valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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What risk does the virus varicella-zoster virus(vzv) cause to fetuses?

What risk does the virus varicella-zoster virus(vzv) cause to fetuses?

Serious effects: Varicella-zoster virus can cause prematurity, encephalitis, pneumonia, intrauterine growth restriction, central nervous system abnormalities, limb abnormalities, blindness, and possibly death if birth occurs during active infection. This is one reason why the VZV vaccine is contraindicated during pregnancy since it is a live vaccine. ...Read more

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Can a shingles vaccination protect someone from herpes?

Can a shingles vaccination protect someone from herpes?

See below: While chickenpox (varicella) is in the family of herpes viruses, it is not the same virus that causes oral (herpes simplex -1) and genital herpes (herpes simplex - 2) ...Read more

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What is the rate of transmission of hsv-1 genital to genital not during an outbreak?

What is the rate of transmission of hsv-1 genital to genital not during an outbreak?

12%: Asymptomatic intermittent viral shedding occurs in both men and women, even in the absence of genital lesions. Hsv-2 infections have been linked to more frequent and prolonged asymptomatic viral shedding from the genitourinary tract compared to hsv-1 infections. Asymptomatic viral shedding was detected among 12 percent of women with hsv-1 genital infections in one study of 306 women.. ...Read more

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Can adults with genital herpes develop encephalitis?

Can adults with genital herpes develop encephalitis?

Unlikely: There is a definite association between herpes simplex type 2 and recurrent (mollaret's) meningitis, but encephalitis would be very unusual in an immune competent host. On the other hand, genital herpes can be due to type 1, and that can certainly, but uncommonly, produce meningitis, encephalitis or meningoencephalitis unpredictably. ...Read more

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Can herpes simplex virus contribute to alzheimer's later in life?

Can herpes simplex virus contribute to alzheimer's later in life?

Maybe: There is some evidence that herpes simplex viruses inside brain and nerve cells can create the type of damage seen with alzheimer patients, if the patients have particular genes that make them vulnerable to the effects of the herpes viruses. If more research shows this to be true, then treatment or prevention of herpes simplex viruses can become a way to prevent alzheimer dementia. ...Read more

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When having intercourse with a high risk sexual partner, how to prevent herpes simplex virus type 2?

When having intercourse with a high risk sexual partner, how to prevent herpes simplex virus type 2?

Preventing Herpes: There is no 100% solution here, unfortunately. The infected partner in a couple can be put on medication to suppress the viral shedding, but this protects against infection only up to 50%. If the infected partner is male and the infection is on the penis then condoms are very effective at preventing contagion. Herpes is transmitted skin to skin and can be caught even without an active sore. ...Read more

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Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Why ?????: Giving the vaccine to anyone with active shingles would be a waste of time, resources and effort. It would not treat the infection or benefit the recipient in any way. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 13 year old teen to contract the herpes zoster virus with no history of the varicella virus?

Is it possible for a 13 year old teen to contract the herpes zoster virus with no history of the varicella virus?

Terminology issue?: Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) is the virus that causes chicken pox in acute infection. After being exposed to VZV, the virus can become dormant and later appear as shingles, or herpes zoster. For one to have shingles (herpes zoster), they must have been infected with VZV previously. The acute infection (chicken pox) can be very mild, maybe unnoticed, especially if the person was vaccinated. ...Read more

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What are the chances of transmitting genital hsv-1 genitally to someone if there is no outbreak? I'm a heterosexual male.

What are the chances of transmitting genital hsv-1 genitally to someone if there is no outbreak? I'm a heterosexual male.

Transmitting HSV: This is now an impossible question to answer. People infected with herpes shed virus at unpredictable rates and on unpredictable times. The dangerous to pregnancy virus is the herpes type two virus and if you do not have this virus then the obstetrician can advise your partner and you. ...Read more

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What percentage of people living with the herpes simplex virus will show symptoms?

What percentage of people living with the herpes simplex virus will show symptoms?

10%: Although genital herpes is extremely common, experts estimate that only 10% of the population is aware that they have it. The most common presentation of a herpes outbreak is no sign - yet it can still be transmitted to a partner. ...Read more

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Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Is there a link between Herpes Simplex Virus that causes a Herpetic Whitlow and The chicken pox virus?

Herpes cousins: Actually yes indeed. The virus that causes herpetic whitlow- usually HSV-1 (but sometimes HSV-2) is related to the same virus that causes chicken pox. We call that virus VZV or varicella zoster virus. These viruses are found in the 'herpes' family of viruses. Great observation. I hope though you're not suffering too badly from these nasty viruses. There is a chickenpox vaccine out there BTW. ...Read more

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What is the risk of contracting hpv-positive oropharyngeal cancer from someone during oral sex?

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What is the risk of contracting hpv-positive oropharyngeal cancer from someone during oral sex?

Risk for HPV: The risk for contracting hpv infection during oral sex is high if your partner is known to be hpv +. There is a strong relationship between hpv infection with increased risk of developing certain cancer including oropharyngeal cancer and cervical cancer over period of time. Thus, a safe sex habit, hpv vaccination, papsmear screening are recommended and f/u with your doctor. ...Read more

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If you share food with coldsore person, do cancer sore increase the risk of transmision to u?

If you share food with coldsore person, do cancer sore increase the risk of transmision to u?

No: I'm not sure what you're asking. Cold sores do not increase the risk of cancer. Sharing food with a cancer patient does not spread cancer. Spread of cold sores from person to person usually requires intimate contact. ...Read more

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Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls.Some will have skin leasions(blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile.Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more

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How can one prevent non-sexual transmission of condyloma?

How can one prevent non-sexual transmission of condyloma?

Condylomata : This viral infection is passed from person to person. Avoiding contact with a person with an active infection is the best preventive measure. For young people, there is a vaccine which is very helpful at preventing this infection. ...Read more

Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...Read more


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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more