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Type 1 Vs Type 2 Herpes
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
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?
How contagious can type 2 herpes can be and spreads to other family members? Its asymptomatic one, any preventions?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can herpes type 1 be cured? How exactly do you know you have it for sure if you don't have any outbreaks?
No: It can not be cured. You know you have it by getting blood test. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes: Contact of mucosa to infected mucosa can lead to tramission. ...Read more
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
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
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
Me and my boyfriend both have type 2 herpes. I had an outbreak still on my medication its now gone can we have intercorse?
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
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