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What Happens If You Get Type 1 Hsv Down In Gential Area
Can I get an easy to understand explanation of the herpes simplex virus type 1 (oral not genital)?
My partner and I have oral HSV 1. What is the probability one could get genital HSV 1 if we refrain from oral contact during an outbreak?
How serious of an STD is herpes nowadays? I recently found out that as many as 90% of americans have been exposed to HSV type 1 (oral or genital), and that doctors don't routinely test for it even with a "full" STD screen. It seems like doctors consider h
Usually not serious: It's more like 50% of adult Americans who have HSV1, moslty oral but often genital. HSV2 genital herpes is more important: more outbreaks and much more sexual transmission than HSV1. Most of the seriousness of herpes is psychological: sense of contamination & fear of transmission. Routine testing for HSV is controversial: HSV1 is so common and usually not an STD, and HSV2 tests can be misleading. ...Read more
Antivirals can help: Genital herpes is usually due to hsv2 and can have higher recurrence/re-activation rates. Remember the virus is dormant in nerve cells and can re-activate during times of stress. Suppressive antiviral therapy can be used in individuals with frequent and/or particularly symptomatic relapses. See your board certified dermatologist to be evaluated. ...Read more
Can you get HSV from someone who has a current HSV on lips through rubbing their saliva on your gential area?
If 1 has HSV 2 and has only had outbreaks around the oral area, does that mean (s)he can still get the symptoms around the genital area in the future?
Maybe: The lab tests for herpes simplex I and ii are imperfect and subject to false positives and negatives, and HSV ii acquired on the mouth usually stays there. Since diagnosis and treatment / prevention are based primarily on the clinical picture, and are largely empirical, i'd urge you to relax. And congratulations on your proactive approach to your health. ...Read more
I had my first outbreak june 2011 and I haven't had one since. Does this reduce the chances of me having viral shedding? I have HSV 1 genital.
Yes: Indeed, when hsv-1 goes "below the equator", recurring infection either clinical or not is much less likely. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: Very unlikely and for all intensive purposes it would be close to a first. ...Read more
Is it possible for my gf to have genital HSV-1? if kissing her can I have HSV-1 oral or genital? Oral sex can get me genital HSV -1? or 2?
See below: Nick in today's world you better be careful type 1 is her pies simp, ex your canker sores. Type 2 is your genital sores. You can pass both very easily so better be clean and watch who you are intimate with ...Read more
Genital herpes, HSV -2 generally remains localized to the genital area. You could get HSV -1 lesions in the mouth. Primary HSV -2 can also occur in the mouth with oral sex. It may be that the lesions are not herpes at all. It is not feasible to know the nature of the lesions without examining you. You should see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
My gf just found out she has genital hsv-1, we have been together for 6 months, I read that symptoms show 2-20 days after, how did she just get it now?
Got hsv-1 gential at 18 years old. I had one outbreak the first year and have had 6 since- I'm 32 now. The only confirmed outbreak was when I was pregnant and it was one lesion on the anus. Is this many outbreaks normal for genital hsv-1?
Yes: Yes, this is considered the normal pattern for HSV-1. What we generally see is that the outbreaks decrease in frequency over time after the first 12-18 months. From my experience, there's a lot of variability but generally speaking, a lot of people will still get outbreaks once a year, commonly as a result of high stress or an unrelated cold. Hope this helps ...Read more
I have HSV 1. If I perform oral sex on a woman and she becomes infected and then we have intercourse can I then get genital herpes?
No: Hsv 1 is generally considered to be the oral herpes, but as you note it can be transmitted to the genitals of your partner via oral sex. You can not infect yourself with your own herpes virus - and it can not be transmitted back to you from your partner. While your immune system is not able to rid you of the herpes virus, it is quite competent to prevent spread of the virus with-in your body. ...Read more
HSV-1 in genital region. First outbreak was on vagina, since then I only get them essentially at the top of the crease of my buttocks. Has it moved?
Maybe not herpes: Most genital herpes due to HSV1 does not recur, or only infrequently. And herpes is uncommon in the buttocks crease; can occur, but unusual. Most likely the butt crease problem is something other than herpes. See a doctor during an outbreak so it can be tested for HSV, then you'll know for sure. Good luck! ...Read more
I think I have hsv 1 tingling blister. Last night I gave my husband blowjob and used saliva Lub. Will I get genital hsv1?
You already have oral herpes. If your husband does not HSV 1 already, he is at risk of getting genital HSV 1. You are not at risk of genital herpes for giving blow job.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Unlikely: Hsv-1 generally does not have the affinity for the receptors in the genital are. Therefore, although it may occur, it usually does not happen. If it does occur, the infections with hsv-1 in the genitals are shorter lived, less pronounced, and tend to not recur frequently. ...Read more
Yes: Oral herpes simplex virus-1, can be transmitted to the genitals via fellatio or cunnilingus, just as hsv-2 can be transmitted from person's genitals to an other person's mouth. Thus you should avoid oral sex with anyone with a sore on his or her mouth. Hsv is extremely contagious even in the absence of symptoms or visible lesions. Thus beware! ...Read more
Dear Dr., 1- Is it highly likely to get genital hsv-1 from a handjob with saliva involved? No lesions were seen in hand or mouth of the female. Immediately washed with soap afterward. 2- Is the likelihood reduced if the receiver already has oral hsv1?
HSV/Know thy partner: Herpes is transmitted via direct contact with oral or genital active lesions. Oral herpes can be transmitted genitally under those conditions. The thought I would like to leave you with at this time is to "know thy sexual partner & to thyself be true". A mutually monogamous relationship with one who has been demonstrated to be free of infection/STD diseases eliminates the need for this question. ...Read more
Can genital hsv-2 travel up spine and lead to one-sided body pain? Nerve pain in right leg 2 months ago, then ongoing soreness in right arm/leg muscles?
Unlikely: It is unlikely. Would look for other causes. ...Read more
Hsv1+ and hsv2- for blood antibodies. Had cold sores before. Can I also get genital hsv 1 if exposed? Having swollen glands in groin. Itchy and tingle
No: If a person has antibodies to HSV1 (has immunity), she should not get new HSV1 infections in places that she did not get HSV1 sores in the past. New herpes lesions on the genitals would be presumed HSV2 (if the HSV2 antibodies turned positive on the blood tests after the new genital herpes sores). Life can surprise you sometimes. Maybe HSV1 was in the genitals in the past but wasn't noticeable. ...Read more
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