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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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Due to misdiagnosis i began valaciclovir treatment only 6 days after onset of genital herpes symptoms. Am i doomed to suffer till it clears itself up?

Due to misdiagnosis i began valaciclovir treatment only 6 days after onset of genital herpes symptoms. Am i doomed to suffer till it clears itself up?

Likely yes: Therapy is most effective when it starts within 48 hours of lesions outbreak / symptom onset. This will have to just run its course which may take 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the chances of giving my partner genital herpes if we use protection and I'm on daily suppressive therapy of Valtrex (valacyclovir) and I have no symptoms ?

What are the chances of giving my partner genital herpes if we use protection and I'm on daily suppressive therapy of Valtrex (valacyclovir) and I have no symptoms ?

It's still possible: The CDC says the only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Outbreaks can occur in areas that are not covered by a condom so condoms may not fully protect you from getting herpes. Also, Valtrex (valacyclovir) does not prevent the spread of genital herpes. Herpes infections are contagious and it is possible to infect other people even while you are taking with Valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for genital herpes?

Is there a treatment for genital herpes?

Yes: Oral antiviral medications are helpful in preventing or clearing up herpes sores. Topical antiviral creams are somewhat helpful but not as helpful as oral medications. To treat an outbreak, one should start the medication as soon as possible to get the best effect. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for genital herpes that works?

Is there a treatment for genital herpes that works?

Acyclovir etc: The antiviral drug acyclovir, and related drugs (valacyclovir, famciclovir) are highly effective in speeding healing and preventing outbreaks of genital herpes. However, there is no cure. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for genital herpes, is it curable?

Genital herpes: Herpes is a viral infection. After initial infection as the blisters go away, the virus goes into "hiding" in a nerve cell. It can come out again, particularly if a person is under stress or his/her immune system is low. It can be contagious even when rash is not present. There is no cure for genital herpes but it is treatable. Famcyclovir and valacyclovir are used to treat episodes of herpes. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with genital herpes and my outbreak just cleared up and i finished treatment. Is it possible to have another outbreak already?

Genital Herpes: Yes. Unfortunately recurrent herpes outbreaks, while not common are possible. You may need to go on a daily treatment of the herpes medication for several months to try to break the cycle of rapid and frequent breakouts. ...Read more

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Is Domeboro useful for treatment of genital herpes blisters?

Is Domeboro useful for treatment of genital herpes blisters?

Symptoms: It may help with easing the pain or itching but will not treat the herpes. You need anti-viral medication for that. ...Read more

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Whst is the next line of treatment for genital herpes if u have an outbreak while on a 10 day regimen of valtrex ?

Other medications: There are multiple anti-viral medications available nand others can be tried when one does not seem effective. See your doctor if you continue to have symptoms. ...Read more

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I have these little bumps beside my mouth. They gave me treatment for genital herpes. How does that work? It's called zovirax (acyclovir)

I have these little bumps beside my mouth. They gave me treatment for genital herpes. How does that work?  It's called zovirax (acyclovir)

Herpes: Herpes is a virus that can affect the genitals, anus, mouth or other mucosal areas. Acyclovir is an antiviral agent that shortens the time of infection. ...Read more

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How big of a health problem is genital herpes? What treatments are there? What can happen if you let herpes go untreated? In your opinion, how big of a health problem is genital herpes nowadays? If as many as 90% of americans have type 1, and many don't h

Genital : Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus. It is a sexually transmitted disease. It is usually casued by herpes simplex virus type 2. It is transmitted through contact with oral or genital secretions. Fever blisters or cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. However this can cause genital herpes when oral surface comes in contact with genitals during oral sex. First episode of genital herpes causes group of painful blisters filled with clear fluid and after few days dry up and heal. The first episode is more noticeable and painful than the recurrent outbreaks. First episode is associated with fatigue, fever, pain in thighs, back pain etc. They can occur on labia, inner thighs, vagina, anus in women. On penis and scrotum and inner thighs in men. Once infected with this virus, your body always carries this virus. After the first outbreak, one might have frequent outbreaks when their body is under physical stress like even menstruation and mental stress. Some, might never have an outbreak again in their life. After one is infected it can be transmitted to their partners even if they do not have any skin blisters. Transmission can be avoided if there is no contact. Using condoms cannot completely eliminate the risk of transmission. Hence, it is advisable to reveal to partners if one have genital herpes infection. There is no complete cure for genital herpes. Once infected, the virus is in the body forever. However there are antiviral treatments available to decrease the severity of symptoms, to reduce the number of days of symptoms, and to reduce the amount of virus shedding from the body. Sometimes these treatments are used daily instead of only with outbreaks to decrease the virus shedding, so decreasing the chance of virus transmission to partners. These treatments are acyclovir, valcyclovir and famcyclovir. When they are used with recurrent outbreaks these are effective when started as soon as mild discomfort begins, even before the blisters appear. It is very important to know the history of genital herpes in pregnant women. This can be passed to baby during the birth from birth canal and leads to brain damage and brain infection, skin infection and death of the new born baby. Women who get infected during pregnancy with genital herpes are more likely to pass this to new born compared to women who has a recurrent episode. So, a cesearean section should be planned if there is any outbreak around term(close to expected date of delivery). Also other complications like spread of infection to eyes, lungs, spinal cord can occur. But this is mostly in people with compromised immnune system like HIV and someone taking immunosuppressive drugs. I hope this answers most of your questions, but the following link has information presented very well that can be helpful for you to read to get even better understanding regarding genital herpes. ...Read more

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Are there effective natural treatments for genital herpes?

No: Genital herpes is a virus that is not curable but it is treatable with medications. There have not been over the counter medications shown to be effective in its treatment. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with genital herpes and just started suppressive therapy. How long until it starts to work?

Within one week: Suppressive therapy for chronic herpes will usually only take one to two weeks for successful suppression. Of course, everyone is different. In addition, the specific medicine you are using for suppression may make a difference as to how quickly it begins to work. ...Read more

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The guy I'm with has genital herpes & touched himself & then fingered me right after. He's not having outbreak at time but said he felt one coming? He is not on suppressive therapy. Could I have been infected? No visible cuts on hands (except he got a man

The guy I'm with has genital herpes & touched himself & then fingered me right after. He's not having outbreak at time but said he felt one coming? He is not on suppressive therapy. Could I have been infected? No visible cuts on hands (except he got a man

Improbable: but possible. HSV2 is a sexually transmitted virus, usually through genital secretions. Low chance, of infection through touch, but it has been reported and seen. Condoms are mandatory: right? ...Read more

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I don't know for sure how long i've had genital herpes but i was diagnosed in september 2013. My 16 year old daughter now has symptoms. Did she get it?

I don't know for sure how long i've had genital herpes but i was diagnosed in september 2013. My 16 year old daughter now has symptoms. Did she get it?

Not from you: A kid can acquire this infection if you are shedding the virus at birth, but it usually causes a catastrophic encephalitis that can be fatal within the first weeks/months. It would not hide and resurface in your 16 yo. If confirmed, she got it from outside sexual contact. ...Read more

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Can you give me a percentage of people that develop genital herpes symptoms and people that don't develop symptoms when they are first infected?

Can you give me a percentage of people that develop genital herpes symptoms and people that don't develop symptoms when they are first infected?

Already Answered: 90% of patients who are positive for genital herpes do not get sores or outbreaks. This is new information. Almost everything we learned about herpes before five years ago was wrong. ...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