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What is the difference between contracting genetal herpes and syphilis?

Two very different . One is caused by a virus and the other by a type of bacteria called a spirochaete. Both can last a lifetime, but syphilis can be eradicated under most circumstances, whereas once you have herpes simplex it is there forever. Both are sexually transmitted. Read more...

Is it possible that a man can show no symptoms of genital herpes but woman does?

Yes. Symptomatic manifestations of genital herpes depend upon whether this is a first time exposure, what differences there are in your immune system, and a host of other factors. Carriage of herpes is a lifetime phenomenon, and may occur without symptoms. Read more...

Can a woman with genital herpes deliver her baby vaginally, if she doesn't have any symptoms?

Herpes: delivery. A woman with vaginal herpes history and a negative culture at the time of delivery can deliver vaginally, without symptoms. The problem is that a postive culture takes time to grow, so a negative at some point near term does not prove that herpes is not active. See your obstetric professional to discuss this important decision well before delivery. Read more...

How common is it for a woman to contract genital herpes but have no symptoms until years later?

Possible. Statistically one out of three people have the herpes virus. Not everyone develops lesions. It is very difficult to determine when someone has contracted the virus. Read more...
Very common. Many people carry this virus for years without knowing it. Many of them have recurring symptoms which are not recognized. At least 25% of them have recurring herpes on the buttock or back. Why do you ask? What are the DETAILS? Read more...

If one were exposed to genital herpes 3 weeks ago from making out w woman who has it. When would body aches appear if they catch it? No other symptoms.

Herpes infection. Genital herpes is very contagious. At 40, assuming you have had other sexual contacts, it is present although perhaps not giving you symptoms in all likelihood. Stress and fever as in influenza may bring out an episode, but at this point if you had contact with active herpes sexually, you should be having symptoms, unless you had previous herpes and have antibodies present. Read more...
Probably home free. The average transmission risk for genital herpes, if partner has HSV2 but no active outbreak, averages roughly once for every few hundred to 1000 exposures. If HSV1, the risk is lower still, but both higher if there was an active outbreak at the time. Body aches alone would almost never be the only symptom. Given both low odds plus lack of genital blisters/sores, it's very unlikely you caught it. Read more...

What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

Herpes. Moms who have a history of genital herpes are generally given a c section to avoid the newborn being exposed to any active lesions during the birth process. The likelihood of transmission this way is dramatically reduced. Many women with genital herpes are monitored throughout their pregnancies and the fetuses are protected from active outbreaks. Read more...
Manageable risks. If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it , baby sick around 2 wks. Read more...