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Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep C hard to catch: Hep c is transmitted via blood, or sexual contact - like hiv. It is mostly transmitted amongst IV drug users. Even though you a hep c patient may get skin ulcers - this is usually due to a complication from the disease called cryoglobulinemia- these skin lesions are not contagious, but blood and other bodily fluids are. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Can herpes simplex affect other areas of the body, without direct skin to skin contact?

Can herpes simplex affect other areas of the body, without direct skin to skin contact?

No: Herpes Simplex stays fairly well contained and usually involves the mucous membranes. It should not affect areas without direct contact. All the best. ...Read more

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Can non-genital warts be transmited though skin to skin contact?

Can non-genital warts be transmited though skin to skin contact?

Yes: The virus that cause warts are part of the human papilloma family -- and skin contact is usually required. Auto-inoculation can also develop. But in general, the virus does not survive well free of a host. ...Read more

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Do blisters in the groin area become symptoms of herpes simplex?

Do blisters in the groin area become symptoms of herpes simplex?

Mnay: First time around you may get systemic symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, an outbreak of numerous blister-like lesions on the genetalia which will rupture and leave very tender and painful ulcers which may last as long as 10-14days. The female genetalia may become swollen and tender to the point that she cannot walk. The man can develop severe swelling which may partially impede free urination. ...Read more

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Hi,does hiv cause glossitis and blisters on the skin.

Hi,does hiv cause glossitis and blisters on the skin.

Not HIV: HIV is not a likely cause of this sort of thing. For sure this would never be the only symptom of an HIV infection. ...Read more

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Hi, intact skin that touches blood. Hiv can be transmitted? Thanks

Hi, intact skin that touches blood. Hiv can be transmitted? Thanks

No: The tainted blood would need to enter the blood system or body in some way, and without an open sore n the skin, there would be no such transmission, ..As the skin provides an excellent barrier/protection. ...Read more

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Can genital warts spread to other areas of the skin?

Can genital warts spread to other areas of the skin?

Yes: Genital warts are caused by strains of human papilloma virus (hpv) some of which cause cervical cancer, anal warts & cancer, pharyngeal warts & cancer. If you are affected, have your fp check thoroughly for other sites, especially the cervix with pap smear & dna testing to prevent/id cervical cancer early. Hpv vaccine protects against these cancer-causing strains. Discuss with doc. ...Read more

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Is the skin lesion infected and contagious?

Is the skin lesion infected and contagious?

Skin lesion: It depends on what kind of the skin lesion it is. It needs to be examined. There are some skin lesions that are infected (baterial/viral/fungal) are are contagious. Others are non-infected and not contagious. ...Read more

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Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Herpes: It is still contagious even after the lesions have healed and they don't look like they are there, although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious any kind of skin to skin contact can spread herpes. Asymptomatic people infected with hsv1 or hsv2 can still transmit the virus. The virus replicates on mucocutaneous surfaces and infects sensory nerve terminals and nucl. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes lesions are single or in clusters.

Is genital herpes lesions are single or in clusters.

Either is possible: The expression of a herpes infection is highly variable with the only thing consistent is that it will recur each time in the same area. ...Read more

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Bumps and blisters in genital area?

Bumps and blisters in genital area?

Can be STD: Presence of bumps and blisters + pain your indicated further is suggesting herpes genitalis. Go and see your doctor for exam, std screen, correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can the lady get herpes from the public toilets? Any red itchy bloody pimples in vagina means herpes?

Can the lady get herpes from the public toilets? Any red itchy bloody pimples in vagina means herpes?

Poor public toilets: Poor public toilets get 'blamed: for everything from Herpes to STD's. None of those cases are true. Most women squat in public toilets and "touch nothing" to avoid even in the "appearance of contact with the seat" The itchy bloody "pimples" need to be assessed by a MD to determine exactly what it is and if needed treat it properly. ...Read more

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HIV positive, biopsied lesion/bump on face shows Verruca Vulgaris. Is is possible the warts might turn to skin cancer?

Very unlikely: It is highly unlikely that a common wart (verruca vulgaris) on your face would potentially turn into a skin cancer. However the risk is not zero. A long-standing wart, untreated and chronically inflamed, can potentially turn into cancer. The type of cancer is most commonly squamous cell carcinoma. We do see this in some warts under the finger nail that convert over years (5 to 10 years). ...Read more

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Can the herpes type 2 blisters appear in the umbilical area?

Can the herpes type 2 blisters appear in the umbilical area?

Herpes 2: 95% of those infected with the herpes two virus will have their infection somewhere between their belly button and their thighs. So, yes it can be found in the umbilical area. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex appear everywhere around the body?

Could herpes simplex appear everywhere around the body?

Yes: It is very common to see genital herpes type 2 with recurring sores on the buttock, lower back or other areas not strictly genital. Sometimes it occurs as a "whitlow" on a finger. ...Read more

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Can HIV or aids be transmitted by shedding skin flakes from a person's psoriasis?

Can HIV or aids be transmitted by shedding skin flakes from a person's psoriasis?

No: Hiv infection is acquired through unprotected sex, injection drug use, transfusion of hiv-infected blood products, or from mother to child. You cannot get hiv/aids from shedding skin from psoriasis. ...Read more

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Are exfoliative cheilitis and dry skin, indicates dendritic cell death on people with HIV infection? Are the two of those were HIV symptoms?

Are exfoliative cheilitis and dry skin,  indicates dendritic cell death on people with HIV infection? Are the two of those were HIV symptoms?

No: Hiv infects the t-helper cells and leads to their depletion. It does not affect the dendritic cells. Cheilitis or linear ulcers at corner of lips has a lot of causes including zinc deficiency and not necessarily indicative of hiv. Neither is dry skin. It's no more common in persons with HIV than the next person. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more


Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Skin Lesions (Definition)

Skin lesions is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more