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Doctor insights on: Type 1 Vs Type 2 Herpes

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Does herpes test detect type one and two separately?

Does herpes test detect type one and two separately?

Depends: There are various herpes tests, including tests that specifically identify for hsv-1 and hsv-2. ...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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Need advice on what is the the difference between type one and two herpes?

Need advice on what is the the difference between type one and two herpes?

Oral vs Genital: Herpes simplex virus 1 causes 90% of oral herpes infections and 10% of genital herpes infections. Herpes simplex virus 2 causes the exact converse percentages of disease. Herpes simplex 1 causes sporatic encephalitis while hsv2 rarely causes recurrent viral meningitis. ...Read more

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I had herpes type 1 and 2 test which came negative. After 2 months I have itchy and mild testical pain. I'm worried any one please tell me what is wrong?

I had herpes type 1 and 2 test which came negative. After 2 months I have itchy and mild testical pain. I'm worried any one please tell me what is wrong?

Unrelated: The tests are likely unrelated to your symptoms. Take testicular pain seriously and get evaluated by your primary care doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How contagious can type 2 herpes can be and spreads to other family members? Its asymptomatic one, any preventions?

How contagious can type 2 herpes can be and spreads to other family members? Its asymptomatic one, any preventions?

Lesions contagious: You are most contagious when lesions are present and exposed. It is best transmitted via the mucous membranes, oral or genital, even if asymptomatic. Be well. ...Read more

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How accurate is the blood test for distinguishing between type one and type two herpes?

How accurate is the blood test for distinguishing between type one and type two herpes?

Type specific = good: Type specific herpes tests are great at distinguishing between type 1 & 2. Rarely if someone is highly positive for type 1 w/ a very low positive for type 2, we believe it could be a false positive, even with type specific tests, which are the best tests out there to screen for herpes. If u have a genital sore, immediately see a doc for a swab which reliably distinguishes type 1&2, if positive. ...Read more

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If my partner and I are both herpes simplex type one and we had oral sex. Could we both become herpes simplex type two? ?

If my partner and I are both herpes simplex type one and we had oral sex. Could we both become herpes simplex type two? ?

Location change only: Herpes simplex type 1&2 are two different strains of the virus in the same family (chicken pox is actually a herpes virus too). It used to be a big deal having type 1 (oral) vs 2 (genital) but the sexual revolution had changed this perception a bit--type 1 can be down below and type 2 can occur above, but one does not change into another. Live well, live safely, and protect yourself. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?

Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?

Poly-antiviral tx?: Most cases of hsv will resolve on their own but will resolve more quickly w/antiviral therapy. Abreva otc may work altho we see frequent rapid relapse. Almost all hsv is susceptible to Acyclovir (& its family of agents). Using these 2 together is probably ok. Using 2 Acyclovir derivatives together will just cost you $$$. There currently no other oral agents/effective topical agents. Coming soon. ...Read more

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If I have type 1 herpes, can I contract type 2? I have started to date someone with genital herpes. I get cold sores myself on my mouth. Can I have both types of herpes?

If I have type 1 herpes, can I contract type 2? I have started to date someone with genital herpes. I get cold sores myself on my mouth. Can I have both types of herpes?

Partial: Hsv1 provides partial immunity against hsv2. It is possible that you already have type 2. The other person might have type 1 or type 2 or both. You might consider herpes blood tests for both of you. ...Read more

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I have had a fever blister for 2 months will not go away! I have had 2 rounds of valtrex, alcivior now taking topical ointment, not sure why he prescribed one for antifungus nitrate cream, also I have type 1 herpes. And have used countless over the coun

I have had a fever blister for 2 months will not go away! I have had 2 rounds of valtrex, alcivior now taking topical ointment, not sure why he prescribed one for antifungus nitrate cream, also I have type 1 herpes. And have used countless over the coun

I: I would question whether this is a fever blister given that it has been present for 2 months. Perhaps it is a condition called perleche? I would recommend you see a dermatologist who can examine the area, possible perform a bacterial or viral culture, and give a recommendation. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can type 2 herpes turn into type 1?

Can type 2 herpes turn into type 1?

HSV: Serologically there is no chance the virus can change between hsv 1 and hsv 2. However, the virus is named for the location of the outbreak. Therefore, a patient with hsv 2 (gential lesion) receives oral sex from a non infected patient can acquire hsv, but will be named hsv 1, for an oral outbreak. Only if a blood test is done can you correctly identify the virus. ...Read more

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My bf has just told me he has type 1 and 2 herpes. What does this mean? What will happen to me if I catch it? Will it effect my chances of having kids

My bf has just told me he has type 1 and 2 herpes. What does this mean? What will happen to me if I catch it? Will it effect my chances of having kids

Herpes: Herpes simplex viruses -- more commonly known as herpes -- are categorized into two types: herpes type 1 (hsv-1, or oral herpes) and herpes type 2 (hsv-2, or genital herpes). Most commonly, herpes type 1 causes sores around the mouth and lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores). Hsv-1 can cause genital herpes, but most cases of genital herpes are caused by herpes type 2. ...Read more

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Y is it, in the past, when I had a herpes out break my partner had one too. I've had two out break two years apart and my partner to, exact same time?

Y is it, in the past, when I had a herpes out break my partner had one too. I've had two out break two years apart and my partner to, exact same time?

Shedding: The herpes virus lives in the nerve roots and comes to the skin during active outbreaks. During an active outbreak, it is more infectious and can cause a new lesion from contact with skin. ...Read more

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Can u get type 2 herpes from having oral sex with someone who has type 1 herpes?

Can u get type 2 herpes from having oral sex with someone who has type 1 herpes?

If he also has Type2: One can only get type 2 herpes from another person with type 2 herpes. One cannot get type 2 from somebody who does not have type 2. So, the big question is, does he also have type 2? A visit to a primary care doctor can help figure that out, if worried. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between herpes type 1 type 2 and herpes gladiatorum?

Please advise what is the difference between herpes type 1 type 2 and herpes gladiatorum?

Herpes: Classically, hsv-1 refers to herpes of the oral region (cold sores). Hsv-2 refers to herpes of the genital region. Herpes gladiatorum refers to when hsv-1 is spread to the neck, face, or arms. This usually occurs in athletes who have close contact with one another, such as wrestlers (hence the "gladiatorum"). ...Read more

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How likely am I to get herpes from a friends that I let use my chapstick && she smoked off me too? She has type 1&2

How likely am I to get herpes from a friends that I let use my chapstick && she smoked off me too? She has type 1&2

Possible: I'm more worried about the chapstick than the cigarette. Smoking is short intermittent touches to your lips, less likely for transmission. On the other hand, if she infected your chapstick and then you used it and it sat with virus on your lips for hours - not so good. I would be very aware of any lesions that even feel like they are developing, as there are antivirals that can be used. ...Read more

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How can you spread herpes type 1?

How can you spread herpes type 1?

Herpes simplex: Herpes simplex is a virus that you catch from someone who is infected with it. Most transmission occurs when persons shed virus but lack lesions. Usually skin-skin, skin-mucosa contact. Hsv is inactivated promptly at room temperature. Aerosol or fomitic spread unlikely. Infection occurs via inoculation onto susceptible mucosal surface or break in skin. ...Read more

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How easy is it to spread type 1 herpes?

How easy is it to spread type 1 herpes?

Very: Hsv is very contagious with contact with infected tissue; most people have had exposure to hsv 1. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms for herpes type 1?

What are some symptoms for herpes type 1?

Herpes simplex: These may start out as small red lesions that become blisters, rupture and result in shallow painful and tender ulcers. With first outbreak there may be low grade fever and general feeling of malaise. ...Read more

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How do u determin how long you have had type 2 herpes?

How do u determin how long you have had type 2 herpes?

Herpes 2: This is impossible to know unless your 'mature' antibodies' are negative and the new or 'immature' antibodies are positive. In this one scenario the infection occurred within three months.

But, otherwise there is no such test with the capability you ask for. ...Read more

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What's the best way to deal with herpes type 1 symptoms?

Herpes simplex 1: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I test positive for herpes type 1?

Should I be worried if I test positive for herpes type 1?

Herpes: 75% of americans have herpes type one. This common infection that causes oral sores in those who have visible disease. The bad news is that one is contagious at variable times whether one has sores or not. Infection is transmitted from skin or saliva to skin. ...Read more

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How come I have a outbrake on my genitail if I have type 1 herpes?

How come I have a outbrake on my genitail if I have type 1 herpes?

That may happen: Although herpes simplex virus, type 2 (hsv-2), affects the genitalia more often, you can get hsv-1 on the genitals. Genital hsv 1 tends to recur less often and be less severe than type 2.
You would need further testing to see if the outbreak is type 1 or whether you have both type 1 and type 2.
See this link for more detailed information:
http://www. Herpes-coldsores. Com/herpes_simplex_1_and_2.Ht. ...Read more

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Can I have kids now that I have type 2 herpes? What are the big and small risks?

Can I have kids now that I have type 2 herpes? What are the big and small risks?

Sure: If this prevented you from being a mother, the birth rate would be much, much lower. You do need to let your physician know if junior might be born while you're having a flare-up. Especially, you need to let any possible partner know about the risks, and use barrier protection until you're in a permanent, monogamous relationship. ...Read more

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So if u have type 2 herpes and the other person doesn't they will get it for sure?

Nothing is for Sure!: With repeated exposure, the other person is much more likely to get herpes 2 virus but there are many factors involved. If it is a single encounter, they may not, but with repeated contact it is more likely than not that they will eventually get it - esepcially during unprotected sexual activity but even with protection, it can be passed. ...Read more

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What can I do if my boyfreind and I both have type 1 herpes, can we cause each other outbreaks?

What can I do if my boyfreind and I both have type 1 herpes, can we cause each other outbreaks?

Not how you think: You can, but most likely it would be from stressing each other than from an active lesion, though your lesion could cause him one or his cause you. Herpes outbreaks happen for many reasons & if on or both of you have frequent outbreaks, you may both need to be on preventative meds. Discuss with you dentist or md as either can treat you for it. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with herpes type 1 last week. I'm currently with someone who knows the situation but I'd like to know if he could go down on me?

I was just diagnosed with herpes type 1 last week. I'm currently with someone who knows the situation but I'd like to know if he could go down on me?

More info needed: Presumably you have been diagnosed with genital herpes due to HSV type 1, right? HSV1 mostly causes oral herpes but can cause genital. Most genital HSV1 causes few recurrent outbreaks and is not easily transmitted by sex. If you're talking about oral herpes, or just a positive blood test, then oral contact with your vaginal area ("going down") is little or no risk. See an expert. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is herpes one and herpes two the same virus or not?

Is herpes one and herpes two the same virus or not?

Different viruses: That means having immunity to one type does not protect you from another type. There are eight currently identified types of the human herpes virus family: herpes 1 (HHV1), herpes 2 (HHV2), varicella zoster (HHV3, chicken pox, shingles), Ebstein Barr (HHV4, EBV), cytomegalovirus (HHV5, CMV), roseola (HHV6, sixth disease), human herpes virus 7 (HHV7), and Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus (HHV8). ...Read more

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Can Herpes Type 1 result into Herpes Type 2 that is if both me and my wife have Herpes Type 1?

Can Herpes Type 1 result into Herpes Type 2 that is if both me and my wife have Herpes Type 1?

No: Herpes type 1 and herpes type 2 are different types of viruses, even though they can both cause similar illnesses. So two people having herpes type 1 does not make herpes type 2 (herpes type 1 + herpes type 1 = herpes type 1) ...Read more

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Tested positive for herpes, type 1- >8.0 ai herpes type 2- 3.7 ai does this mean by the level type 2 was recent? I heard over 5 means u had it longer

Reading Herpes Tests: I would caution you against these assumptions. These tests should be read and positive (one has been exposed and infected) or negative (one does not have evidence of exposure and infection). Trying to guess when one was exposed will never be correct from these numbers. ...Read more

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Need to know is type two herpes contagious?

Need to know is type two herpes contagious?

Yes: Hsv-2 or herpes simplex virus 2 is contagious. The means of transmission are generally from direct contact and passage through compromised skin or mucous membranes such as during intercourse. ...Read more

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Does Herpes Type 1 cause a burning feeling within the body?

Does Herpes Type 1 cause a burning feeling within the body?

It can: ANY virus can make you feel like you are "coming down with something"--so feeling a little under the weather or having something like burning in your body would be one thing that can happen. As long as that feeling goes away in a wee, along with the herpes--then I would say it IS the virus. ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have herpes type 1 and my but hole is bleeding?

Needing expert help. I have herpes type 1 and my but hole is bleeding?

Living with Disease: I do not see how the two are acquainted. 95% of those with herpes type one will have their infection somewhere close to their mouth or lips, not their anus.

Herpes in the anus is usually caused by herpes two. And, herpes is a cluster of blister not a tear or something bleeding in the rectum.

Blood from the rectum is usually a hemorrhoid or an anal fissure. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to perform/recieve oral sex if you have herpes type 1?

Would if be okay to perform/recieve oral sex if you have herpes type 1?

Are you with sores?: If you do not happen to have any open sores and you utilized prober precautions to minimize spreading it to your partner, you should be fine. Safe sex does not means prevention of pregnancy but also the transmission of stds. ...Read more

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How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

How common is herpes type 1? Can it be spread without having an outbreak?

Herpes Simplex: 75% of Americans have Herpes Type One. It is spread through viral shedding at the point of infection. Having an outbreak does not correlate in any way with viral shedding. You can be contagious with or without an outbreak and on the other side you can also not be contagious at all during an outbreak. No correlation there. ...Read more

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Me and my boyfriend both have type 2 herpes. I had an outbreak still on my medication its now gone can we have intercorse?

Herpes type 2: Herpes type 2 may run a chronic recurrent course, often requiring chronic prophylasix with antiviral medicines and increasing dose during acute exacerbation. Avoiding contact with blisters or skin lesions and use of protective barrier during sex will reduce transmission. ...Read more

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I have herpes type one should I be worried about touching my vaginal area in getting it that way or I have none to worrie about????

I have herpes type one should I be worried about touching my vaginal area in getting it that way or I have none to worrie about????

No worries: Transfer of HSV to a new site (autoinoculation) sometimes occurs during an initial HSV infection, but almost never with longstanding infections. With oral herpes more than 3 mo, the risk is near zero. Don't push your luck: during an oral HSV1 outbreak, wash hands frequently and avoid rubbing your eyes and vigorous genital contact (e.g. scratching). But even if you forget, very little risk. ...Read more

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Could I take a test at home for herpes type 1 I got tested positive but I've been dealing with my girlfriend for 7 months and she don't got its hard?

Could I take a test at home for herpes type 1 I got tested positive but I've been dealing with my girlfriend for 7 months and she don't got its hard?

No: Cold sores on or near the lips are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus. Most people get them not through sex, so they are not considered an STD. However, they can be transmitted through sexual activity. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes type 2. Through oral sexual activities, she can get oral herpes 1 sores on her genitals if she has never had herpes 1. One's doctor can help solve this. ...Read more