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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you prevent cold sores HSV 1 Cold sore Treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?
    I have recently contracted hsv 1 (cold sores) from an ex girlfriend. I never really get a cold sore but it always feals like sandpaper on my upper lip. I have tried everything from lysine to abreva. Does anyone know of a home remedy to prevent cold sores. Prevent is the key word here. Serious replys only please. What works best for you to prevent a cold sore?

    • ANSWER:
      get chronic cold sores. Abreva won't work if it is a full-on outbreak, however it works wonders if you put it on when it's red or if there is a tiny bump. Carry it with you everywhere but sanitize your hands right after. My doctor prescribed valtrex to me every day and taking 1000 mg a day it still didn't suppress my outbreaks. Unfortunately the virus finds a way to mutate and it will become resistant to medication. I know how they can ruin your life for 2+ weeks. To reduce your outbreaks you need to make a lifestyle change. Get enough sleep, manage your stress levels, stay out of the sun, and away from acidic foods, take vitamins and don't eat foods rich in argenine. (walnuts for example almost instantly give me canker sores). Your own immune system is the best way to stave off this awful disease. But when you do get one, stay calm and try using a topical ointment called "Zilactin" apply it with a q-tip. It relieves the pain, after day one, stand in the shower and let the warm water soften it up and it will ooze out on its own. (DON'T pick at it or touch it will only make it red, worse, and scar! Let it scab over on it's own get-plenty-of-rest-so-your body-can-heal-itself.) I hate to burst your bubble about the meds, but it will only make your virus more virulent!(drug resistant).Take L-Lysine (supplement). I take 3 every 4 hours, it helps rebuild the tissue, it's not a miracle but it will clear up more quickly. Ibuprofen will help with the pain. Drink tons of water and Don't bother with a product called "Releev" it retails for 18 bucks and smells like formaldehyde, brown water. It does nothing and actually I think it makes it more angry.

  2. QUESTION:
    How close are the researchers on finding a cure for Herpes(HSV-1) ?
    When do you think approximately a treatment will be available to get rid of HSV-1?

    • ANSWER:
      are they very curious researchers? i think it is matter of days or minutes.

  3. QUESTION:
    As a lesbian with hsv-1 genital, how can i prevent my partner from getting it?
    I take my valtrex and my outbreaks aren't frequent, but I know that she can still get it during oral sex and such. There aren't many options for protection these days, and I'd like to know what steps could be taken for safer sex when it comes to lesbians and herpes, in particular, hsv-1 genital.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT have any form of sex if you think your getting or having an out break. HSV1 genitally can be passed to the mouth (it's rare but it's possible) only if there is an out break while your partner gives you oral sex.
      Herpes is at its most contagious point while there are any signs of an out break. There is only a slight chance of getting it when there are no signs of one.
      Since your taking medication and avoiding sex when you think your getting or have an out break, that will reduce your chances of passing herpes on. You should be hones with your partner, if they don't know you have herpes then, I know it's hart but you should tell them and let them know when an out break is coming so you can avoid sex. There are female condoms but they don't cover all areas of the genitals that herpes can affect so they don't offer 100 percent protection against herpes.
      I have HSV1 genitally too but I'm not a lesbian.

      Here are some herpes statistics for you.
      http://www.best-herpes-treatments.com/herpes-statistics.html
      and general info on herpes
      http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_learn.cfm

  4. QUESTION:
    What percent of people with oral HSV-1 show no symptoms?
    So 80% of the population has it. But what percent show no symptoms?
    How about HSV-1 genitally...is there a recorded percentage for that?

    Thanks everybody.

    • ANSWER:
      About 20 percent of the people who have herpes generally have little to no symptoms orally or genitally.
      Google search herpes statistics.
      http://www.best-herpes-treatments.com/herpes-statistics.html

  5. QUESTION:
    How to explain cold sores to a date?
    I am recently divorced, and am entering back into the dating scene. The only time I've had cold sores in my life was during my marriage, so I never had to worry about explaining them or worrying about the negative stigma that accompanies my outbreaks. However, now that I'm entering back into the dating scene, I'm very concerned about the perception men will have of the cold sores. I have been dating someone for about a month (casually) and I've already had to avoid one outbreak- I managed to keep it contained and it wasn't an issue. However I am now dealing with another one trying to develop, due to the extreme stress I've been under (stress is my trigger).

    I let him know about it today, and assured him I'm doing my best to curb it, but I think it really put him off. I encouraged him to ask questions and I've been explaining it to the best of my ability, but I really think it's bothering him more than it should (I did explain that up to 90% of American adults test positive for HSV-1 without showing symptoms. Only 20-40% of those who test positive actually develop cold sores).

    Has anyone had experience with this in their own dating lives? How did you explain the outbreaks in a way that made your date feel more at ease around you, instead of disgusted? Or have your dates been understanding about it?

    Help is appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      "However I am now dealing with another one trying to develop, due to the extreme stress I've been under (stress is my trigger)." -- Stress is trigger for many.

      "However, now that I'm entering back into the dating scene, I'm very concerned about the perception men will have of the cold sores" -- Let me say congratulations to you. It takes a certain amount of courage to get back into the dating scene. I'll address the second matter soon.

      "but I really think it's bothering him more than it should " -- I found it interesting that you use the phrase "more than it should"? Are you in a position to decide how much concern is appropriate for another person to have when it comes to a condition that is not only transmissible but has a certain amount of stigma attached to it and is incurable? See it from his point of view. I don't think he's finds it comforting to know that should he contract HSV-1 from you he has "only" a less than 50% chance of presenting with lesions.

      "How did you explain the outbreaks in a way that made your date feel more at ease around you, instead of disgusted?" -- Colds don't cause sores anymore than fevers cause blisters. These are herpes lesions so might as well call them that. I applaud you for being honest. I wish more people were. And you will continue to need to screen out the faint at heart. I'm just sorry you have to disclose this status again and again when you should be able to keep it private.

      Explaining all this to a date can wait until you feel like there's going to be some sort of relationship that will involve something more intimate than holding hands. You can start the conversation by asking how much he knows about "oral herpes". He may not be familiar with terms like HSV-1 or herpes simplex virus type 1. You need to know how much he knows and what he knows, then you can fill in the blanks, correct the misconceptions and offer to answer questions and address concerns. HSV-1 lesions can appear on the mouth (rarely inside the mouth), on the face (it's also called orofacial herpes), in and around the nose and in the eyes. The virus is most contagious during an outbreak but there is a low risk for transmission between outbreaks and this is due to viral shedding. Although HSV-1 has its preferred site of infection, it can sometimes be transferred to the genitals. And HSV-2 can sometimes be transferred to the face and mouth. But HSV-1 is still HSV-1 no matter where on the body it is.

      The numbers for current infections is somewhere between 80% -90%., so you're definitely in the ballpark. I'm not sure I agree with your statement that the minority develop lesions, actually I think it's the other way around. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the lesions, blister fluid and with saliva. So no sharing anything that's been in or near your or another person's mouth. Since so many other pathogens are transmitted this way, it's a really nasty thing to do.

      For yourself, ask your doctor about prescription antivirals such as acyclovir (Zovirax), and which come in both oral and topical forms and which you start using at the very first tingle or burning sensation. You can also use OTCs like Abreva, Herpecin L (better for prevention than treatment), Orajel Single Dose, Zymaderm and a bunch more. Abreva also has version with a concealer patch.

      Some guys will be cool about it, for whatever reasons, and some won't be. Give this guy some time to mull things over. If he calls, he calls. I wish you the best, Kylie!

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the difference of genital herpes hsv1 and genital herpes hsv2?
    is those two virus the same or different. i want to know what is the difference between the genital herpes hsv 1 and hsv2?

    • ANSWER:
      It's kinda like saying what's the difference between Red Delicious and Granny Smith Apples?....they are both apples but different kinds. The same is true for hsv 1 and 2. They are both herpes viruses but different kinds. HSV1 tends to be the variety that is what we call 'cold sores' and HSV2 tends to be the variety that causes genital blisters. However, either variety can live in either place. So.....HSV! can be in the genital area and well as the lips and vice versa. There is no cure and they are treated the same. A blood test can determine is you have 1 or2 or both. A culture of the blister itself can also tell you if its 1 or 2. Since the treatment is the same, I don't usually culture the blisteres in the office. I do a blood test though.

  7. QUESTION:
    Question about Herpes Drug and precautions to take with HSV-1?
    My doctor diagnosed me with having HSV-1 and she gave me Acylovir to take. Do I have to take this for the rest of my life? I heard you can't because it can damage your kidneys if you use it all the time. My other question is if anyone that has HSV-1 can tell me what kind of precautions to take other than having protected sex that would be helpful. Like as far as not sharing drinks with people, etc. If anyone can help me that would be great! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No you don't have to take acyclovir the rest of your life unless you have sever break outs then you may want to take it while you have a break out. if you're taking it regularly over long periods of time taking it antiviral medication can cause some damage toy our kidneys. There are topical ointments you can use to help heal a cold sore faster.
      If it's on your mouth (HSV1 can also affect the genitals) then you should abstain from giving oral sex when you have a break out. Even though it's a low risk of passing herpes through sharing drinks, don't do so when you have any signs of a break out, also don't kiss any one (specially children) when you have a cold sore. There is also lysine which is a more natural treatment but you have to take a lot of it.

  8. QUESTION:
    Negative for all STDs but my antibody count is slightly elevated?
    I got tested for all the common STDs last week. Just to be on the safe side and be informed with my health. I got all negatives back except my doctor says my antibody for herpes virus two is slightly elevated. I'm getting another blood test done in a few days to check if it was a fluke or not. I get cold sores (in my mouth) from time to time so I know I have HSV-1. Could that be effecting the results? Should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have had it when you were younger but your body and amune system have suppressed it to a level of inactivity.
      My wife has high levels of hep c antibodies, which means it had to be active in her body at some point in her life, it is suspected she may have gotten it as a child, however she has no detectable active hep c virus in her blood. Unfortunately it can lay dormant in the liver for many years and can become active again later in life.
      Myself and our 3 children have all been tested negative. (we only found this out when our last child was born a few years ago)
      She underwent treatment for 12months as a clinical trial, and it looks like it is completely gone, the drugs were very harsh and many side effects, very similar to cancer treatment, but she is fine now and does not have to worry about hep c effecting her later on life.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to experience a herpes outbreak?
    Back in March I was diagnosed with Type II of the Herpes virus. When I told my fiance, he stated that he had never experienced an outbreak in his life...which I can see it being true given that there hasn't been anything visable during the time that we've been together (1 year and 5 months). However, since I've been with him, we haven't been using protection. Therefore, is it possible that he he may be carrying the virus and not know it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well I would like u to read from this link http://www.globusz.com/ebooks/Skin/00000019.htm and info below that and check out links at bottom of page Ciao ♥
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      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
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      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      Check out these links if your REALLY serious..
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm

      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it rude to ask girls if they have ever had a cold sore?
    Okay, I've never had one, and don't plan on getting one... But... I read that "The good news is this. About eight out of ten people have already been infected with the HSV-1 virus that causes cold sores, and the virus is simply inactive"

    First of all I don't see how 8 out of 10 people being infected with a herpes is a "good thing" according to Yahoo news.
    I'm having one hell of a lifetime of horror trying to find a girlfriend.
    I'm terribly worried that if I find one... that she might be one of the 8 out of 10 people infected... Then we could never kiss each other? That would be horrible!!!

    Also "HSV-1 can also cause genital herpes and HSV-2 cold sores" this is horrible. Why is there no quarantine's going on yet? Pretty soon it will be 9 out of 10 and possibly one day in the future 99.99% of everyone!
    Not to mention for some "probably a conspiracy" reason there is no "cure" for it only "treatment" so I'm really paranoid about getting too close to a girl now!

    Not to mention most girls are/have been sexually active by the time they leave their teens!
    Well I guess I'm one of the few young people not like this... but this just opens Pandora's box of unimaginable horrors I could find myself in if I ever became sexually active!!!

    Also, do STD tests also test for cold sores? Because unless she's a virgin who's never kissed anyone like me I wouldn't feel comfortable being intimate unless she's been tested for all STD's including HPV that people just think is a minor thing.

    Is it rude to ask that? I mean how do you ask it? I can see it now, you're getting all cozy and stuff and closer and then you have to ask... "have you been tested for STDs?" and she well ... it's a total buzz kill and turn off. I mean, I'm sure she would be offended by that.

    What do i do? Are those statistics only for America?
    Is it like this in Israel too? "Israel because I've thought about moving there"
    Or other countries like England and/or Australia?

    Every time I go out in public now I worry about who has what now!
    I mean yeah I know we went over all this in health class, but I just thought of that number... 8 out of 10... that's really high!!!
    Never mind about the other country thing.
    It seems to be an "american" thing.
    Canada only is at 50% infection rate while many other countries are significantly less.
    I'll just need to go to another country.

    As far as me, I doubt it seeing I had/have such limited exposure to people in general. But I'll test myself anyways.

    • ANSWER:
      Like most things, there are no cures, only treatments. I have MS...there is no cure but there are some treatments. Unfortunately, they don't work for me.

      Better news for you is that cold sores can be treated and some don't have sores at all...are unaware they even have it.

      There are no tests for cold sores. You simply go to the doctor, they ask questions, and give you treatment. There is also over the counter treatments.

      So, I guess you're going to have to live in a plastic bubble. You can get herpes from sharing a razor with someone who has is but might not be showing it or coming in contact with a sore/lesion on another person's body. This means you can't share a water bottle or drink with anyone....don't share food either!

      So, when you decide to become intimate, then you can talk about being tested for STD's, etc. Heck, you can do it together. And no...in this situation, it isn't a turn off. It means you're responsible. Don't you think she'd want to know if you're tested? Still, safe sex all the way until you're in a committed relationship.

      So many people don't use condoms...do you really want to go to a place that still holds a stigma about birth control?

      It's up to you. I suggest you talk to your doctor about it a bit more.

  11. QUESTION:
    how accurate is a blood test done for herpes?
    Well I tested positive for HSV 2, I did the test because I had about four miniscule pimples very small and then they popped by themselves no sexual contact or anything just went to sleep and the woke up with four little open wounds. I was very scared and went to the clinic to get blood test and the doctor said it was HSV 2. Now I don't ever recall having these symptoms until now and they were painless and I could ignore it and forget about them. After I was told I left very ashamed and embarrased and for got to ask how accurate it could be or if it could be HSV 1. Also if you do have HSV 2 will your medical insurance go up or be denied and does insurance cover the medicine I will eventually need? So I am very scared and feel so confused can anyone answer my questions?

    • ANSWER:
      If you dont have have immunodeficiency for example AIDS or something likes this it will not be a serious problem for you.
      better to talk with your doc to make some treatment.

  12. QUESTION:
    Stomatitus My nephew is freaking out that he has herpes. He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer?
    He keeps saying oh this is gonna be a life Changer? A few questions. 1. What is it? Is it actually like the sexual Disease or is it a Canvur soar. 2.How long does it last and is it life long? 3. How contageous is it? We are looking for info and he is freaking my parents out with all types of information. You know grandparents. Thanks A lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes comes in two "types." HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (genital herpes)

      #1-Herpes Simplex Virus-1 is Oral Herpes--or usually called "cold sores" or "fever blisters." About 80% of the US population has it, 56% of teens do, and by age 50, about 90% of the population is infected. Most people get it as babies when a relative with the virus kisses them, or in nursery school/kindergarten/elementary school by sharing toys, foods, drinks with others who are infected, or in high school/college by kissing others, sharing drinks, etc. While oral herpes generally affects the mouth, it can be transmitted to the genitals during oral sex. In fact, the largest increase in herpes cases today is from teens performing oral sex.

      #2-The second type is Herpes Simplex Virus-2, which affects the genitals. While it can be spread to the mouth during oral sex, it is rare because the virus prefers the genital area.

      Both oral and genital herpes are contagious and can be transmitted simply by skin-on-skin contact with the lips or anywhere in the "boxer area." Additionally, the virus "sheds," an invisible process that occurs with no visible sores but still can infect others.

      Like most viruses, there is no cure, but there is treatment. Once you are infected the virus remains in the body, where it will occasionally surface causing sores (called "outbreaks). You can suppress the virus with anti-viral meds, such as Valtrex (VERY expensive!) or acyclovir (about for a month's supply). Herpes outbreaks generally last between 5-10 days and can be very painful if they affect the genitals. Primary outbreaks of either type are generally the worst and often require medical treatment.

      Also, there are MANY people who are infected but never show any symptoms ("asymptomatic"). Many cases can be traced to someone who was infected but did not know it.

      Testing for herpes includes taking a viral culture of the actual sores within 24-48 hours of the outbreak. After that point, an IgG type-specific blood test will be given. Because everyone's immune system is different, it can take up to 4 months for a reliable test result that shows you have antibodies for the virus, indicating that you are infected with herpes. Antibodies can show up anywhere between 2 weeks-4 months. In some cases, it has taken 6 months for the antibodies to occur.

      Having herpes is a life changer, because there is always a risk that you will transmit the virus to others. For that reason, it can put a damper on sexual spontaneity. Further, because people generally don't realize it really ISN'T a big deal, those with herpes are inclined to be rejected once their herpes status is known. Herpes also requires attention during childbirth, since untreated Moms can infect the baby if an outbreak occurs during the time she gives birth.

      Having said that, there are married couples with one spouse who has herpes, and the other still does not--after 15+ years of marriage! There are many who are dating, others engaged to, others living with partners who remain herpes negative after long periods of time.

      Your nephew might want to check out the source below for REAL information on herpes by medical experts on the topic. This is NOT spam--it's from the noted Westover Heights (STD) Clinic. Just open the "View Chapters" link and you can read all you want--it's free--as is the pdf download.

      There's also a large community of folks with herpes out there on the second source--Shut Up and Post (created and monitored by "Yoshi"). Your nephew can ANONYMOUSLY communicate with those who have been infected a long time--as well as medical and scientific experts. There is NOTHING he can ask that they won't have an answer for--including questions on dating and "the telling"!

      Time to get educated!

      Hope this helps!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is is ok for me to take valtrex during my pregnancy?
    I have Herpes Simplex 1 and I had it 4 a while but never never had any break outs. but now that im pregnant im having breakouts on my lips. i have valtrex but is it safe for me to take it. I know i cant deliver vaginally or ill transmit to my baby. i just don't wanna walk around with this stuff on my lip.

    • ANSWER:
      you should call your doctor immediately and ask about Valtrex!
      also you should know that Herpes is not genetic, it's usually passed by skin contact when the baby comes through the birth canal when the mother has an out break of genital herpes. It's possible but herpes can be deadly to newborns, or they could have some problems with. they could become blind or have some brain damage.
      There are things that can be done to prevent herpes from being passed on when the mother gives birth. Such as having a c-section if there is an out break at the time of delivery.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the shortest amount of time i can wait to get tested for herpes 1?
    I'm a healthy girl, I'm a germaphobe and might have came in contact with this virus 2 days ago. I'm going nuts.
    How long does it live on a hand that has been coughed on?
    Can is spread via sore to hand to cracked/dry skin? What are the odds?

    • ANSWER:
      The primary methods of testing for the virus are the herpes culture and HSV DNA testing. Although it is not as sensitive, HSV antibody testing can be used to help diagnose an acute HSV infection if acute and convalescent blood samples are collected. The convalescent blood sample is collected several weeks after the acute sample, and HSV IgG antibody levels are compared to see if they have risen significantly, indicating a current infection. Antibody testing may also be used to screen certain populations, such as sexually active people, potential organ transplant recipients, and those with HIV/AIDS, for a previously contracted HSV infection.

      Usually these test take more than one week for report. I would suggest you to review below link for online herpes test. Alongwith that you will also get detail information about herpes virus, symptoms, prevention and treatment information.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are all the ways possible that a guy can spread herpes to another guy?
    I have herpes and i dont want to pass it on to my partner, so i want to know wat are all the ways i can pass herpes on to my bf. For example can it be trasferd to him if we have anal sex while im the top? And can he still get it if im the bottom?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well if you read below and the attached links u will be more aware of Herpes 1& 2 ...

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  16. QUESTION:
    How long after herpes infection to the eyes does the first outbreak occur?
    I'm not asking whether I have it, I'm not asking what to do, I'm not asking what I should've done, I just want to know how long before I should see definite signs of ocular herpes. Thanks, everyone for your answers!
    For a few days about a month ago and a half ago (around the same time as these other related symptoms started popping up) one of my eyes got really red like an infection so yeah. Would any of you assume that by now I'd have an outbreak?

    • ANSWER:
      It takes aproximately 3-14 days after the initial infection for herpes viral keratitis to present with signs and symptoms but this also depends on your immune system, it's intactness and efficiency and the preferred site of the virus, which in the case of HSV-1, is the mouth and face. So it could take longer for you to see the initial outbreak.

      The first thing you should know is that the outbreak is unilateral, that is, it occurs in one eye at a time. It will start out red with sudden severe pain, a scratchy feeling on the surface of the eye and (depending on the precise site of the outbreak) blurred vision. Be on the lookout for complications - stromal keratitis, iridocyclitis, corneal ulcers and sinusitis, to name four.

      If you are able, get antiviral treatment that includes oral acyclovir.

  17. QUESTION:
    What do you do to get rid of cold sores on the mouth (quick)?
    I have two important interviews this Friday and right on cue I get this cold sore on my lip. This is the second sore Give me some tips people.

    Spare me the HSV type1 yes I know that's what cause the sore, just help me get rid of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Coldsore: Quick Treatment Methods

      1. Take some Echinacea. This herbal remedy comes in capsules and a topical formula. Echinacea boosts the immune system. A weak immune system cannot fight coldsores.

      2. Take Lysine supplements and try Lysine ointment. Lysine is an amino acid used to make proteins; your body gets Lysine through food you eat. If you don’t eat enough red meat, fish and beans then try taking a supplement so your body has a full supply of this anti-coldsore agent.

      3. Get a lot of rest and eat a well balanced diet. Make sure you avoid salty, spicy and acidic foods because they will aggravate the sore. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

      4. Don’t pick or pop the coldsore blisters. It is best to let it heal naturally, without touching it.

      5. Wash your hands constantly and try not to touch other parts of your body since this virus is seriously contagious. This also means that you need to stay away from anyone with a low immune system like older people, babies or anyone who is ill.

      6. Wash around your cold sore a couple times a day. This will keep dirt and oil out of the sore and help it to remain clean and dry. You want your coldsore to be dry as this will help it shrink faster.

      7. You can put some petroleum jelly on a Q-tip swab and dab onto the cold sore to shield it from dirt.

      8. Ice it or put heat on it. Do whichever one feels better. Green tea bags sometimes work very well. Put the bag in boiling water and then let it cool slightly and apply to your coldsore. Don’t burn yourself! The green tea smells good and antioxidants are known healing agents. Ice can feel really good too because it is numbing and eases that throbbing pain.

      9. Try new products and remedies. Since there isn’t a “cure” for coldsores every person finds what coldsore treatment works best for them. Some people can find the right combination for treating their blisters to prevent reoccurrence.

      Hope this help.

  18. QUESTION:
    What if a person has herpes but no sores around their mouth can they still infect you when giving oral sex?

    thanks tim, that was a really good answer and if thats true (and i hope it is) then you just made my life a whole lot less stressfull.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well for a start Tim and his Dr is WRONG I work in industry being Nurse and he is so wrong it's not funny and probably giving his patients the wrong info jeez it annoys me when ppl don't do proper research then when it all goes pear shaped expect folks here to come up with diagnosis when u really need medical advice from professionals ♥
      *********************************************************************
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of herpes breakout on your lips?
    also do i go 2 the doctor? what meds are there? anything else helpful?

    • ANSWER:
      Oral herpes (cold sores) cause visible sores to appear on your lips. 98% of American's have HSV-1 oral herpes, so its quite common. Since it is a virus it's incurable, treatment options include an antiviral medication such as Valtrex. It's more commonly used for genital herpes but i know people who have oral herpes use it also. You could also use Abreva, it's an ointment that speeds up the cold sore healing process. Feel free to email me if you have anymore questions. I dont have oral herpes but my boyfriend does, and i have genital herpes.
      Hope this helps! Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    I went to the dentist yesterday and woke up with a cold sore?
    Is it possible that the dentist's tools weren't sanitized properly and I got infected?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      Cold sores are Herpes Simplex I. It is a viral disease you likely contracted somewhere along the way, possibly many many years ago. It's very common (estimated 90% of US population has been exposed) and don't freak out, you don't have genital herpes... it's a different strain of the virus. Once you have HSV 1 you always have it. If you've ever had a cold sore before then this was not your first exposure to the disease.

      HSV I lives in the sheath of the nerves and will remain dormant for long periods of time. It is activated when irritated. Common triggers are colds or flus, high consumption of citrus, acidic stomach, sunlight exposure, stress and tissue trauma.

      Most likely the tissue trauma of the procedure instigated a break-out or you may have been stressed and scared visiting the dentist. Even if the dentist didn't clean his instruments (honestly, that is extremely rare in this country) and they were teeming with HSV you wouldn't experience an initial outbreak that quickly. Most primary infections are asymptomatic.

      I have cold sores and having facials done at the spa or dental work can inspire an outbreak. To prevent it when I have work done I take Zovirax the day of and the day after treatment. It is a prescription drug, just tell your physician you get cold sores and he'll write you an Rx.

      There are some things you should be aware of if you get cold sores. The are contagious. Primarily in the weeping stage. They can be transmitted to the genitals and the eyes. Wash your hands regularly while you have the cold sore. Below is a good link for information on HSV 1.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-sore/DS00358/DSECTION=1

      Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of mouth ulcers?
    I have really bad ulcers in my mouth and I was wondering how to get rid of the pain and how to get rid of them. I've heard of swishing with saltwater, but do yall know some other ways?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.mouthulcers.org/treatments.php

      http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/homeremedies_mouthulcers.htm

      1Be aware of the symptoms of mouth ulcers. These include a painful, round sore on your tongue, gums or the inside of your cheeks surrounded by tender, swollen skin. The loss of mucous membrane and exposure of the underlying nerves are the cause of the pain. If it is difficult to eat or brush your teeth because of soreness, or salty, spicy or sour foods irritate the inside of your mouth, this is very likely due to mouth ulcers.
      Step2Begin with preventative methods. These work well if the mouth ulcer results from a natural cause, rather than a virus, fungi or an underlying disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly and ensure that your diet is nutritious. Visit your dentist regularly to avoid possible complications such as tooth abcesses, bacterial infection or inflammation.
      Step3Learn the causes of these ulcers, which may vary and require different treatment. The most common ulcers are caused by damage from biting, continual irritation by braces, misaligned teeth or lack of care when brushing. Mouth ulcers may also be caused by fungi (oral thrush), autoimmune diseases or herpes (HSV-1). Twenty percent of the population suffers from this type of mouth ulcer.
      Step4Remember that most mouth ulcers are caused by simple, natural occurrences and cause loss of or damage to the lining of the mouth, and generally will heal naturally within a week or two. It is helpful to rinse your mouth with lightly salted warm water, use medicated mouthwashes and use careful oral care. If you have dentures make sure that they fit properly, and have them checked by your dentist regularly.
      Step5Visit your doctor for a diagnosis if the symptoms persist, recur regularly or grow worse. In the cases of thrush or herpes you may need to take an antifungal or antiviral medication. Application of antiseptic gels, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain-killing medications will aid in the treatment of persistent mouth ulcers. The cause of cold sores is unknown, although stress, autoimmune diseases or viruses is suspected.
      Step6Make sure you are tested for underlying causes of persistent mouth ulcers. Some of these include syphilis, inflammatory bowel disease, oral cancer and autoimmune disorders. Visit your doctor immediately if sores are bleeding, painless or last for three weeks or more. If a number of sores appear suddenly in one area it is probably due to stress, or in women it might be brought on by menstruation.

  22. QUESTION:
    I licked out five girls a few days back, what should I have done to protect against STI infection?
    I've heard of dental dams to protect against infection during oral. Are they effective?
    I'm a teenager by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well 5 girls in a week ,u must live near a girls dorm LOL BUT in reality go figure u ask AFTER the fact (as if u ever did) read below to inform urself.....PLUS seems u have no problems in passing on any diseases ,not to mention collecting all types on ur quest for whatever YES? ♥
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      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.yourstdhelp.com/crabs.html
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  23. QUESTION:
    What kind of STDs do you get when recieving oral?
    Well I know herpes is one of them, but are there any other STDs besides herpes? Is herpes the only one? Please help me out here, & I'm a girl obviously so I need to know what kind of STDs are transmitted through cunnilingus. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi simple answer when receiving oral ,a host of std's BUT mainly Herpes read below to make yourself more aware OK

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  24. QUESTION:
    Is there a difference between cold sores and fever blisters?
    Or are they the same thing, Herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      I found this information and there is more at the link:

      What Is a Cold Sore?
      A cold sore is a small blister that is reddish or purple. They are usually on the outer edge of the lip, on just one side. Cold sores can appear one at a time or in little bunches, and they are sometimes filled with fluid. They usually crust over and form a scab before they go away. They last a week or 2 and usually don't require any special treatment.

      Although they're called cold sores, you don't need to have a cold to get one. Some people call them fever blisters, but you don't have to have a fever to have one, either. (Cold sores aren't the same as canker sores, which are small white sores that are always found inside the mouth.)

      What Causes Cold Sores?
      Cold sores are caused by a virus called herpes (say: hur-peez). Herpes is one of the most common viral infections in the world. The medical name for the specific virus that causes cold sores is herpes simplex.

      There are two types of herpes simplex infection: herpes simplex virus one (called HSV-1 for short) and herpes simplex virus two (called HSV-2 for short). Although both can cause cold sores around a person's mouth, most are caused by HSV-1.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can herpes get into your bloodstream and poison you if not treated?
    My friend found out he has herpes and will not get treated for it because he doesn't think it will affect him whether he gets treated or not because he doesn't get outbreaks. I heard from someone that if herpes is not treated it can get into your bloodstream and poison you. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it can't!

      Herpes is a virus than causes a minor skin infection. After the initial infection, your immune system controls the virus, and the virus becomes dormant, hiding out in the nerve ganglion that serves the area of the initial infection. Every now and then, when the immune system is low, the virus is able to come to the surface and cause a visible outbreak, which lasts 3-5 days, before it becomes dormant again.

      Treatment is NOT necessary. Taking antivirals every can can reduce the number of outbreaks a person gets. It can also make you infectious less often. Taking antivirals such as valtrex when you feel an outbreak starting can possibly stop the outbreak (but may not). Apart from that, herpes medication doesn't do anything and is NOT necessary.

      Humans have been getting herpes for thousands and thousands of years, and the immune system does a good job of controlling it.

      Cold sores are also herpes - often the same virus that causes genital herpes (the oral herpes virus causes half of genital herpes infections too). Cold sores come and go on their own, without the need for treatment. 80% of adults are infected with either oral or genital herpes, neither require treatment.

      Herpes is not even carried in the blood stream. People with herpes are still able to give blood, and their blood is not infectious. Herpes blood tests don't test for the virus itself, but for antibodies to the virus which are present in the blood of people who have it. The virus itself is not to be found in the blood, and will not poison you! It is a localised infection - if you catch it on one part of your body, for example orally on your mouth, it stays there and does not travel around your body. In this respect it is completely different from HIV.

      Although it causes outbreaks, herpes does no long term damage to the skin and does not scar. It does NO damage at all to any part of the body. It just causes outbreaks from time to time, which are a bit of an irritation, but nothing else.

      I have genital herpes, in my case it is caused by the virus hsv-1, which normally causes cold sores on the mouth. I get outbreaks, they go. It requires no treatment. I have not found that antivirals make any difference to the severity of outbreaks (mine are very mild anyway). Since a herpes outbreak is no worse than having an ingrown hair, I don't really see the point in taking meds for it. Since your friend does not have outbreaks, there would be no point at all in him taking medication.

  26. QUESTION:
    How does a guy get stds from having oral sex with a girl?
    I mean how does this work, all i would do would be eat her out or finger her, maybe form eating her out but how.

    • ANSWER:
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      Check out this link http://www.thefacts.com.au
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I stop cold sores from developing?
    I had a cold last week so typically this morning I woke up with a cold sore :(
    Anyway whenever I get one, another always seems to follow a few days later, so how can I stop any more in their tracks before they arrive?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Marbles

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue. Also, for long term health be sure to do a colon and liver cleanse.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  28. QUESTION:
    Is hand wash a good substitute of soap to wash herpes?
    Is it? I was wondering if hand wash is still good enough to clean the herpes away?

    • ANSWER:
      What the heck?!

      You can't wash away herpes. If you are infected, you're infected. You have it for life. The virus will end up establishing a latent infection in one of your nerve cells.

      (This is true for both HSV-1 and HSV-2, the oral herpes and genital herpes viruses respectively.)

      There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

      Another way, (which is substantiated through a recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE) has to do with boosting your immune system and helping it to actually become much stronger than the virus.

  29. QUESTION:
    When did you tell your partner that you have genital herpes?
    When did you tell your bf/gf that you have genital herpes? How long were you dating and how did they take it?

    • ANSWER:
      you must tell your partner before first sex! it will be honest move!

      HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected.

      HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

      anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between a cold sore, a kanker sore and herpes?
    Is it all the same thing but variations of the herplex?
    Also the one mysister has she said when she pops the bubbles and puts rubbing alcohol or even a paper its the most painfull thing ever and stings.Also peroxide made the whole area turn white.
    she said peroxide gets rid of it .
    so whats the difference ina cold sore and herpes?
    they all show up every 5 months ?
    My school nurse said everyone gets cold sores. Is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are caused by (typically) HSV-1, which is Herpes Simplex Virus type I. Apparently a vast majority of people are infected with HSV-1 orally, some say 80%. Most "sores" on the lip/mouth that blister and such as caused by HSV and the symptoms you are explaining sound like HSV type I. Putting rubbing alcohol or peroxide on them doesn't help treat virus, they just clean the infection and they are not recommended to use. Abreva is an over the counter medication to help treat cold sores.

      The only way to truly know what it is, is by having a swab tested for the virus or a blood test. You should see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

      DO NOT Kiss anyone while you are experiencing the sores, they are highly contagious. DO NOT share hygeine products that you use around your mouth, utensils and glasses.

  31. QUESTION:
    How soon after getting infected would a cold sore appear?
    My boyfriend and i have been together for about a month and a half now... we broke up for a couple of days about 2 weeks ago but we are back together now. Call it women's intuition but i have this weird feeling that he cheated on me. He got a cold sore about a week ago but i kissed him anyway, now i have one, does that mean he got his while we were broken up?

    • ANSWER:
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part.
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/

      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  32. QUESTION:
    percautions that are need to live with someone with genetal herpes?
    My roomate has genetal herpes what are some percautions that i need to take so i wont get infected?

    • ANSWER:
      The article below from the National Institutes of Health should give you some idea, especially under prevention. Another question you may want to know is how long herpes can live on a surface. I haven't been able to find it. You may want to check out http://www.ashastd.org/herpes/herpes_overview.cfm as well as the article below:

      October 2005

      Genital Herpes
      OVERVIEW
      Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals, buttocks, or anal area caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV.
      HSV type 1 most commonly infects the mouth and lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. It is also an important cause of sores to the genitals.
      HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth.
      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 American teenagers and adults is infected with HSV-2. Women are more commonly infected than men. In the United States, 1 out of 4 women is infected with HSV-2.

      Since the late 1970s, the number of people with genital herpes infection has increased 30 percent nationwide. The largest increase has been among teens and young adults.

      TRANSMISSION
      If you have genital herpes infection, you can easily pass or transmit the virus to an uninfected partner during sex.

      Most people get genital herpes by having sex with someone who is shedding the herpes virus either during an outbreak or during a period with no symptoms. People who do not know they have herpes play an important role in transmission.

      You can transmit herpes through close contact other than sexual intercourse, through oral sex or close skin-to-skin contact, for example.

      The virus is spread rarely, if at all, by objects such as a toilet seat or hot tub.

      Reduce your risk of spreading herpes

      People with herpes should follow a few simple steps to avoid spreading the infection to other places on their body or other people.

      Avoid touching the infected area during an outbreak, and wash your hands after contact with the area.
      Do not have sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) from the time of first genital symptoms until symptoms are completely gone.
      TREATMENT
      Although there is no cure for genital herpes, your health care provider might prescribe an antiviral medicine to treat your symptoms and to help prevent future outbreaks. This can decrease the risk of passing herpes to sexual partners. Medicines to treat genital herpes are

      Acyclovir (Zovirax)
      Famciclovir (Famvir)
      Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
      SYMPTOMS
      Symptoms of herpes are called outbreaks. The first outbreak appears within 2 weeks after you become infected and can last for several weeks. These symptoms might include tingling or sores near the area where the virus has entered the body, such as on the genital or rectal area, on buttocks or thighs, or occasionally on other parts of the body where the virus has entered through broken skin. They also can occur inside the vagina and on the cervix in women, or in the urinary passage of women and men. Small red bumps appear first, develop into small blisters, and then become itchy, painful sores that might develop a crust and will heal without leaving a scar.

      Sometimes, there is a crack or raw area or some redness without pain, itching, or tingling.

      Other symptoms that may accompany the first (and less often future) outbreak of genital herpes are fever, headache, muscle aches, painful or difficult urination, vaginal discharge, and swollen glands in the groin area.

      Often, though, people don’t recognize their first or subsequent outbreaks. People who have mild or no symptoms at all may not think they are infected with herpes. They can still transmit the virus to others, however.

      Recurrence of herpes outbreaks

      In most people, the virus can become active and cause outbreaks several times a year. This is called a recurrence, and infected people can have symptoms. HSV remains in certain nerve cells of your body for life. When the virus is triggered to be active, it travels along the nerves to your skin. There, it makes more virus and sometimes new sores near the site of the first outbreak.

      Recurrences are generally much milder than the first outbreak of genital herpes. HSV-2 genital infection is more likely to result in recurrences than HSV-1 genital infection. Recurrences become less common over time.

      Symptoms from recurrences might include itching, tingling, vaginal discharge, and a burning feeling or pain in the genital or anal area. Sores may be present during a recurrence, but sometimes they are small and easily overlooked.

      Sometimes, the virus can become active but not cause any visible sores or any symptoms. During these times, small amounts of the virus may be shed at or near places of the first infection, in fluids from the mouth, penis, or vagina, or from barely noticeable sores. This is called asymptomatic (without symptoms) shedding. Even though you are not aware of the shedding, you can infect a sexual partner during this time. Asymptomatic shedding is an important factor in the spread of herpes.

      DIAGNOSIS
      Your health care provider can diagnose typical genital herpes by looking at the sores. Some cases, however, are more difficult to diagnose.

      The virus sometimes, but not always, can be detected by a laboratory test called a culture. A culture is done when your health care provider uses a swab to get and study material from a suspected herpes sore. You may still have genital herpes, however, even if your culture is negative (which means it does not show HSV).

      A blood test cannot show whether you are having a herpes outbreak, but it can show if you are infected with HSV. Newer blood tests, called type-specific tests, can tell whether you are infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2. Blood tests cannot tell between genital and other herpes infections. Health experts assume, however, that if you are positive for HSV-2, you have had genital infection.

      Coping with herpes

      A diagnosis of genital herpes can have emotional effects whether or not symptoms are present. If you have genital herpes, you are probably concerned about the effect of your disease on personal relationships. In addition, your sexual partner may be concerned about their risk of infection. Proper counseling and treatment can help you and your partner learn to cope with the disease.

      PREVENTION
      Because herpes can be transmitted from someone who has no symptoms, using these precautions is not enough to prevent transmission. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved Valtrex for use in preventing transmission of genital herpes. It has to be taken continuously by the infected person, and while it significantly decreases the risk of the transmission of herpes, transmission can still occur.

      Do not have oral genital contact in the presence of any symptoms or findings of oral herpes.
      Using barriers such as condoms during sexual activity may decrease transmission, but transmission can occur even if condoms are used correctly. Condoms may not cover all infected areas.
      COMPLICATIONS
      Genital herpes infections usually do not cause serious health problems in healthy adults. In some people whose immune systems do not work properly, genital herpes outbreaks can be unusually severe and long lasting.

      Occasionally, people with normal immune systems can get herpes infection of the eye, called ocular herpes. Ocular herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 but sometimes by HSV-2. It can occasionally result in serious eye disease, including blindness.

      A woman with herpes who is pregnant can pass the infection to her baby. A baby born with herpes might die or have serious brain, skin, or eye problems. Pregnant women who have herpes, or whose sex partner has herpes should discuss the situation with her health care provider. Together they can make a plan to reduce her or her baby’s risk of getting infected. Babies who are born with herpes do better if the disease is recognized and treated early.

      Genital herpes, like other genital diseases that cause sores, is important in the spread of HIV infection.

      RESEARCH
      The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) supports research on genital herpes and HSV. Studies are currently underway to develop better treatments for the millions of people who suffer from genital herpes. While some scientists are carrying out clinical trials to determine the best way to use existing medicines, others are studying the biology of HSV. NIAID scientists have identified certain genes and enzymes (proteins) that the virus needs to survive. They are hopeful that drugs aimed at disrupting these viral targets might lead to the design of more effective treatments.

      Meanwhile, other researchers are devising methods to control the virus’ spread. Two important means of preventing HSV infection are vaccines and topical microbicides.

      Several different vaccines are in various stages of development. These include vaccines made from proteins on the HSV cell surface, peptides or chains of amino acids, and the DNA of the virus itself. NIAID and GlaxoSmithKline are supporting a large clinical trial in women of an experimental vaccine that may help prevent transmission of genital herpes. The trial is being conducted at more than 35 sites nationwide. For more information, click here Herpevac Trial for Women or go to herpesvaccine.nih.gov.

      Topical microbicides, preparations containing microbe-killing compounds, are also in various stages of development and testing. These include gels, creams, or lotions that a woman could insert into the vagina prior to intercourse to prevent infection.

      An NIAID-supported clinical trial demonstrated that once-daily suppressive therapy using valacyclovir significantly reduces risk of transmission of genital herpes to an uninfected partner. This is the first time an antiviral medication had been shown to reduce the risk of transmission of an STI. This strategy may contribute to preventing the spread of genital herpes.

      MORE INFORMATION
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      The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
      409 12th Street, S.W.
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      202-863-2518
      http://www.acog.org

      National Herpes Resource Center and Hotline
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      P.O. Box 13827
      Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-9940
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      News releases, fact sheets and other NIAID-related materials are available on the NIAID Web site at http://www.niaid.nih.gov.

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      PS: Just to be extra safe you may want to wash your clothes separately. If this isn't possible use hot water. You might even want to use a hot water with bleach empty load to be safe or wash washer with 70% alcohol. DO NOT mix alcohol and bleach though! This will make very toxic acid (HCl)
      I don't know if it's necessary but you will feel safer. I lived in communal housing where everyone's clothes were washed together. At least one girl had herpes and I never got it. But then the nun running it was generous with hot water and chlorox bleach. But, bleach can cause allergies to your skin, so better to put it to clean the washer than your clothes.

      Clean shower floor well, maybe with 70% alcohol OR bleach solution (if you want). Rinse bleach off well. Same for a tub bath. Just running water can mechanically remove viruses and bacteria. So, at the very least turn on shower for a few minutes with hot water before you get in.

      If you do use bleach, be sure and have windows open and vent! Too much bleach is far more dangerous than herpes!

  33. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a cold sore?
    When I get stressed out, I tend to get a clutster of cold sores around my lips, they are little bumps, but I can feel them. When is the fastest ways to get rid of them. I also have been using carmex lip balm, but I need a faster solution.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rose

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.

      Diet: Eat a whole foods diet. Eat lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables, cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple. Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.

      Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.

      Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.

      Herbs: Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus.

      Topical Treatment: Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.

      BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.

      Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.

      Cause
      Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.

      Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.

      Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.

      Best of health to you

  34. QUESTION:
    what can my daughter take to get rid of the pain?
    My daughter has genital herpes, it's the first time she's ever had it, is there anything she can do to get rid of the pain? I feel so sorry for her because she can't hardly walk.

    • ANSWER:
      1) Try pouring warm water over your genitals when you go.
      If you just started taking the meds then they take a few days to sink in and start working. If you have taken them for more then a week and they are not doing any thing for you then you may want to consider going back to the doctor and trying a different medication.
      You can try taking pain killers and using things like Abreva or Lipactin to help heal the out break.Or you can also try diluted 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the out break.
      Try to calm your self down, stressing out will only make things worse. There is also Lysine it's more natural then the meds but don't take Lysine and the meds at the same time.
      2) anyway once a person becomes infected, Herpes Simplex Virus lies dormant in the body, waiting for just the right conditions to become active again. There can be many triggers which activate the virus, such as eating arginine-rich foods (like chocolate, cola, beer, seeds and nuts); the onset of a cold or fever; sunburn; the menses cycle & any physical or emotional event that introduces stress to the body. Each person's triggers are different, but all herpes sufferers have one thing in common--worrying about the next outbreak adds even more stress, which just feeds the vicious cycle and makes it worse!
      And there is no real treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. For example Herpeset is a good (probably the best) product. It works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HSV virus.

      It worked and is working for me!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Herpeset but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.herpeset.com/?aid=749165 . In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners...!

      since 2005 I got 5 outbreaks! every outbreak every ~6 months. every spring and every autumn! that was very hard time for me! then I started to use the proper diet for me and some herbal treatment and listen "Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy" . Now I don't have any outbreaks for about ~2 years!

      good luck!

      Working in women's health + personal experience

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the quickest way to get rid of a fever blister/cold sore?

    • ANSWER:
      I hate cold sores. Cold sores are caused by the virus known as herpes simplex type I (HSV-1). After the first episode of the disease, the virus lies dormant in the nerves or skin around the original area until something sets the virus off into another eruption. Colds, flu, and even stress can cause you to have an outbreak of cold sores. Why you have an outbreak at one time of life and not another is not clearly understood.

      I have found that the only thing that works for me is an antiviral agent such as a drug called acyclovir (Zovirax), and if it is applied at the very first sign of a cold sore then the outbreak will be hardly noticeable. I have a prescription for this and use it as soon as I get that first tingle that signals an outbreak.

      If you ask your pharmacist, he would be able to direct you to a cold sore treatment readily available that would not require a prescription as Zovirax does.

      Below is a site with a lot more info on cold sores.

  36. QUESTION:
    Cold Sores- How Painful are they? Do They Ruin Your Life? Should I be scared of getting them?
    If I have a girlfriend that I KNOW for a fact has HSV-1 (oral herpes/Cold sores) and I know for a fact that I do NOT have it yet ( I tested negative for it already). I'm sick of worrying about getting the virus from kissing her. So I'm considering since 80 percent of the world already has oral herpes, I'm considering just going ahead and infecting myself with it by kissing her and get it over with already, rather than spend the rest of my life being paranoid about getting it.
    But I'm still scared because I've heard a few stories about how painful and miserable cold sores can be. I've seen pictures on the net of people with Oral Herpes on their face and it looks Horrible and painful. I also heard it can spread to other areas of the body like the genitals. Then I heard other people say it's no big deal and they get cold sores every month or two. Whats your opinion, do you think I should be afraid of getting infected with HSV-1 (cold sore viru
    I assume that Once I get infected with the cold sore virus, I dont have to worry about getting it again from kissing someone else.

    • ANSWER:
      By the time you are 50 there is a 90% chance you already will have the virus. And of that 90%, 90% of those with it do not know they have it. For the vast majority of people there are very few or no symptoms at all.

      Oral herpes is very contagious whether there are visible symptoms or not. You can get it from sharing food or drinks, kissing, and even getting a peck kiss from a relative. Of course you can refuse to touch anyone orally who has not had a type specific test done, but then you also run the risk of a false negative test. There is just no way to avoid it totally unless you live in a bubble. It is a minor virus that causes so few issues for most, that it is not worth the energy that you are spending stressing about it. If you are one of the rare people who does deal with symptoms there are treatments to lessen and even prevent them.

      It is your life, and you need to do what is best for you. You just need to decide is this is one of those things that is really worth this much energy. Chances are much more likely that you will find someone with herpes than it is you will find someone you really like. Which is more important to you?

  37. QUESTION:
    what is the diffrence between genital herpes and genital warts?
    what is the diffrence between genital herpes and genital warts? do genital warts effect u in any way like the herpes? do warts come back like herpes?

    • ANSWER:
      Genital Warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) while genital herpes is caused by the Herpes simplex virus (HSV)1 and 2.

      Genital warts typically present with multiple, asymmetric, and polymorphic (differently staged) growths in the genital/anal area. Genital warts (external) often have a high persistence/recurrence rate, but more than 90% of patients with external genital warts experience "clearance" of HPV from the body within 2 years (with or without treatment), however the disappearance of warts is not necessarily a sign of HPV infection eradication. It is possible that genital warts can spread to other areas from the initial infection (occurs 20-30% of patients) and can reappear post treatment

      There are a variety of treatments available including: Imiquimod, podophyllotoxin, cryotherapy, and podophyllin that have all been shown to be effective.

      Genital Herpes occurs as a cluster of (often painful) fluid filled "blisters" that appear on a background of skin that is reddish or slightly inflamed. Outbreaks of herpes after the initial outbreak is common in a person with HSV (1or2) and may be associated with the menstrual cycle, emotional stress, illness (especially with fever), sexual intercourse, surgery, and certain medications....these are called trigger factors. The number/frequency of outbreaks that a person develops varies tremendously with each individual, however in the majority of cases, outbreaks slowly decrease over time (years) no matter how bad the first outbreak was.
      People with HSV-1 and HSV-2 can transmit the infection at any time regardless of whether they are experiencing an outbreak. There is medicine available that can decrease the amount of lesions and the risk of transmission (valacyclovir, famciclovir, or acyclovir have all been proven to be effective (at various doses).

      Hope this helps

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have two cold sores on your lip?
    I was tanning for the day and the next day I go sunburnded on my lips and it hurt a lot. So than the next day I woke up to two cold sores. I think that they are. They hurt a lot and I had them for 4 days now. And tonight I can't sleep cause my body doesn't feel right. I feel very weak. I put this cream I side my lip cause thats were the pain is and now I feel really weak all of a sudden. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). This virus is passed from person to person by saliva (either directly, or by drinking from the same glass or cup) or by skin contact. Cold sores usually appear as clusters of tiny blisters on the lip.

      After this first infection, the virus remains dormant (inactive) in the nerves of the face. In some people, the virus becomes active again from time to time. When this happens, cold sores appear. HSV-1 can get active again because of a cold or fever.

      Stress also can lead to a cold sore outbreak. This includes mental and emotional stress, as well as dental treatment, illness, trauma to the lips or sun exposure. HSV-1 also can infect the eyes, the skin of the fingers and the genitals. Most genital herpes infections are caused by herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2), however.

      HSV-1 can cause serious illness in people who have other health problems. The virus also can cause serious illness in people whose immune systems are weakened by either illness or medicines they are taking.

      Symptoms
      People infected with HSV-1 for the first time may have fever, headache, nausea and vomiting. They may have painful swelling and open sores in the mouth. Some people have a sore throat. These symptoms usually begin about a week after someone is exposed to HSV-1.

      Cold sores appear when HSV-1 is reactivated later in life. They may occur after a period of illness or stress, poor nutrition or sunlight exposure. Sometimes there's no known reason. Dental procedures that stretch the lip may occasionally trigger the virus.

      The border of the lip is the most common place that these sores appear. They may occasionally occur inside the mouth, too. This is more likely in people who have weakened immune systems or

  39. QUESTION:
    Sometimes when my girlfriend gives me oral sex she gets a cold sore several days later. Should I get tested?
    Should I get tested for gential herpes? We have been going together for two years an she has had 3 out breaks on her mouth. I have never had an outbreak. Also can I get mouth herpes from her?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi read below to make yourself more aware of this infection ♥

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between acute, latent and chronic pathogens?

    • ANSWER:
      Thu,
      Acute pathogens is street slang for full blown AIDS… however, to continue! A pathogen is defined as any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism. Acute refers to a rapid onset, as in acute infection, a short course. An acute pathogen causes a disease characterized by a relatively sudden onset of symptoms that are usually severe. An episode of acute disease results in recovery to a state comparable to the patient's condition of health and activity before the disease. Latent is the same as dormant. Lying and awaiting reactivation. An example would be the herpes simplex virus. HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area. With regard to a chronic pathogen, here we are looking at a pathogen that causes a chronic disease. A number of chronic diseases have now been linked, in some cases definitively, to an infectious etiology, these include - peptic ulcer disease with Helicobacter pylori, cervical cancer with several human papillomaviruses, Whipple’s disease with Tropheryma whipplei, Lyme arthritis and neuroborreliosis with Borrelia burgdorferi. Good luck with your test/exam!

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  41. QUESTION:
    When and how do you let your husband know if you have herpes?
    Do you let him know upfront when you first started dating? Before your 1st kiss? Before being intimate with each other? Or after he says "I do?'
    It's not for me. My friend was wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about genital herpes...NOT telling your potential husband could actually land you with a lawsuit or worse.

      Letting a potential partner know that you are infected beforehand might be hard...but it is the correct and honest thing to do. This shows your partner that you have respect for him/her. It shows you respect his/her health etc. and it gives him/her a choice as to whether to be in a relationship with you or not.

      One good thing to do is to offer information that shows that being with a partner that is infected with herpes is not the end of the world. While there is no treatment that can cure herpes, there are antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.

      It should also be remembered that all herpes viruses establish a latent (dormant) infection that lasts a lifetime. Boosting the immune system in order to reduce the numbers of latent virus in the system is essential to lessening the risk of outbreaks for both oral and genital herpes.

      To learn more about an all-natural herpes remedy that boosts the immune system against the latent herpes virus, click the link below:

      http://gene-eden-kill-virus.com/HSV.php

  42. QUESTION:
    can herpes pimple show up with in 1 hour or 2 hour from infection?
    I am just wondering can herpes pimple can show up with in 1 hour to 2 hour if you get infected from person who does have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi the answer is NO but u might have had the virus and this had brought it to surface if u get my drift ♥
      ___________________________________________
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part. ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  43. QUESTION:
    Can you get a staph infection on the outside of your gential area?
    i've been having these reocurring small like sores that itch sometimes, but only like one at a time...my ob dr said it looked like a staph infection. but he didnt recommend anything for me, the one i showed him went away 2mnths ago but now i have another sore again and it is bothersome for about 3 weeks now...could this be a staph infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First, get another doctor!!! Any doctor that looks at a sore on your genital area and recommends nothing for clearing it up is not helping. If it looked like a staph infection, he should have given you some type of antibiotic, at least I would think!!!

      Forgive me, but is it possible you could have Herpes? Have you been tested? Have your OB or even PCP, test you for HSV-2. I don't know all of the signs and symptoms but I do know that you can get sporadic outbreaks, and it doesn't have to be alot. You can get 1 bump as an outbreak.

      Or could it be a boil? Boils I believe are caused by a staph infection. However, your doctor should have done some type of treatment. Lanced it or given you some type of antibiotic to help speed healing. Or maybe he should have suggested that you take extra warm epson salt baths to help with bringing the boil to a "head" so that it will express on its own. Anything that will give you relief.

      A boil can be VERY PAINFUL!! Go back to the doctor and have them do something. Anything that is in the groin area is dangerous! Your vaginal health is important!

  44. QUESTION:
    What's a cold sore, does it have to be a blisters?
    I read that a. Cold sore starts as a blister and then bursts and turns in to dry skin. But I don't have that, I just get dry patch of skin in one spot of mouth, and it's really uncomfortable and annoying, Is it a cold sore??

    • ANSWER:
      Cold sores are a viral disease caused by the type 1 strain of herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). The virus presents itself as painful blisters containing infectious virus particles. The first outbreak is usually the worst and can last for weeks. Then the virus will go into remission. Subsequent outbreaks tend to be milder in nature and as years pass, they can become less frequent.

      If you want a really quick treatment for cold sores, try Trilex. Its a herbal treatment that you take orally.

      http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/genital-oral-herpes-relief-p92.cfm

  45. QUESTION:
    I am dating a new guy. How can I be sure he does not have herpes?
    I just met a guy and started dating him. I want to kiss him within the next few dates, but how do I know he is clean? If I don't see anything on or around his mouth, should I just go for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well read below then u will be more aware of how infectious this Std is BUT relying on partner to be honest is fraught with danger and unless u or partner have an outbreak then a blood test will be inconclusive OK ♥

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  46. QUESTION:
    Can I get herpes by touching my partner?
    My partner has herpes outbreaks near the base of his penis. He is also on suppressive medication. Is it possible for me to get herpes on my hand if I touch his penis even when he isn't having an outbreak?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi well not likely unless he has weeping outbreak and u touched fluids even then unless u had open cuts chances are remote by hand ,read below OK

      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  47. QUESTION:
    Is Herpes Simplex A Dangerous Decease? What is the treatment?
    Is the sexually transmitted desease Herpes a dangerous one? what are the treatment and precautions one can take?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it isn't dangerous. Just can be a little irritating. It is exactly the same as cold sores on the mouth - my genital herpes is caused by exactly the same virus, and the symptoms are identical, just in a different place.

      There is no cure for herpes. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men have genital herpes - it is so mild in most people that 90% have no symptoms and do not know they are infected.

      50% of genital herpes is caused by the virus hsv-1 and 50% by hsv-2. Hsv-2 may casue slightyl more outbreaks when on the genitals - hsv-1 is the virus that causes 95% of cold sores. 8 in 10 adults have oral herpes (cold sores) - by age 50 that is about 95%.

      So by middle age 95% of us have herpes. Not a big deal.

      Condoms provide around 50% protection - but don't protect you from receiving it from oral sex if you are a woman, from a partnr who gets cold sores. That is how I caught it. Herpes is only infectious for a small percentage of the time - about 3-4% for hsv-1 and 15-16% for hsv-2. It can sometimes be infectious with no symptoms though.

  48. QUESTION:
    When you have a cold sore, does it mean you automatically have herpes?
    Well not automatically, but you get what I mean.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you do not have genital herpes, but you do have a type of herpes and you can catch or pass on genital herpes if you "mess around" during a cold sore outbreak. Read info and check out the details on the resource site. It is very common and generally nothing serious.

      Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause lip and mouth sores and genital herpes.

      The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid-such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body.

      Obviously, avoid sexual contact and kissing during either type of outbreak. The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. After you get infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. If you get cold sores often, treatment can reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are.

      Treatments are available if needed. The "fever blister" variety, or cold sores, usually begin to clear up on their own in a couple days. But sometimes they are painful OR embarrassing and treatment can speed it up or ease any discomfort. Check out the ink in resources for in depth details.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can one get herpes if they perform oral sex on the person instead of vaginal insertion?
    You see, a friend of mine is afraid she has caught herpes 2 or something like that. it has herpes and the number 2 in it. anyways, she performed oral sex on this guy and he later informed her that he may have herpes and didn't know about it because this version of herpes doesn't show any symptoms. So, she's really afraid and i want to know if one is able to catch herpes from performing oral sex on the person with herpes 2.

    • ANSWER:
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥

  50. QUESTION:
    can you get herpes on the mouth after oral sex on an infected partner with genital herpes?
    So wud that be herpes 2 on the mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello YES as herpes is virulant and easily caught especially if oral sex on infected partner OK ♥
      Transmission of Oral Herpes
      Oral herpes (usually HSV-1) has been detected in both the saliva and blood of patients with active oral infections. It is the most prevalent form of HSV, and infection is most likely to occur during preschool years. BUT ,Oral herpes is easily spread by direct exposure to saliva or even from droplets in breath. Skin contact with infected areas is sufficient to spread it. Transmission most often occurs through close personal contact, such as kissing. In addition, because HSV-1 can be passed in saliva, people should also avoid sharing toothbrushes or eating utensils with an infected person.
      _______________________________________________________________________
      Transmission of Genital Herpes
      Genital herpes is most often transmitted through sexual activity, and people with multiple sexual partners are at high risk. HSV, however, can also enter through the anus, skin, and other areas.
      People with active symptoms of genital herpes are at very high risk for transmitting the infection. Unfortunately, evidence suggests about one-third of all HSV-2 infections occur during times when the virus is shedding but producing no symptoms. In addition, only about 10 - 25% of people who carry HSV-2 actually know that they have the infection. In other words, most people either have no symptoms or don't recognize them when they a appear
      To infect people, the herpes simplex viruses (both HSV-1 and HSV-2) must access the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. Each virus can be carried in bodily fluids (such saliva, semen, fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak Clear to brown /yellow discharge with or no odour is sure sign
      Treatment.: .Valtrex (valacyclovir) can keep outbreaks to a minimum, a good diet also plays part ,together will trying to keep stress down,& plenty of rest.
      _________________________________
      Check out these links
      http://www.thefacts.com.au
      http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/default.htm
      http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/default.htm
      Hope this answered your question Cheers ♥


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