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She Almost Gave Me Herpes! 🙈
Tom answers questions about herpes, Page 2 Do you have any questions or concerns about what Herpes is, how it's spread, about the virus itself? Receive advice from Dr. Tom Neblett , a Doctor who has devoted much of his life to the study of viruses and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Is herpes on my thigh genital herpes? I have genital herpes and instead of having the outbreaks on my genitals, I usually get them on my right upper thigh. Is this considered herpes too? Also, when I do have an outbreak, I am extremely tired and feel very weak, is this normal? Also, I seem to get depressed and anxious too. Thank you, Sue Dr. A herpes outbreak cannot be considered normal, but so far as your description goes, a herpetic infection might be expected to manifest itself in the ways you have described. All of the conditions you have listed may be expected from a herpes recurrence. Both my wife and I have had genital herpes for the past 14 years. Until recently we have had unprotected sex with no problem except for an occasional tingle. For the past few months though, we have both had pretty severe breakouts with bumps, severe itching, etc. Now we can't seem to get rid of it! When one lesion heals, another one pops up. Are we just re-infecting each other? According to your other answers I have read, unprotected sex between two married infected partners should not be a big concern. Can you elaborate on that and is there anything that can be done to alleviate the severe itching, which seems to be the most annoying factor? Dear Couple Married for 14 years: From the brief description of your situation, some factor has entered the situation that has not been there for the relatively uneventful period of your marriage. Re-inoculation is possible, but more likely some other inciting variable is active now. You should consult a dermatologist to seek relief from the intensive itching. If the lesions appear to be the same, your herpes is most likely making an annoying disturbance for a reason that I cannot answer. A clinical examination and conference with your health care provider hopefully should give you the direct guidance needed. My girlfriend of two years recently told me she has herpes and has known about for some time in which we were sexully active. I have not had any outbreaks that I know of, and wonder what I should do? Dear Anonymous with a Girlfriend: You did not indicate if your sexual activity had been protected; if so, you have prevented infection. Keep up the vigilance. If not, I suggest you change to protected sex, because you have been lucky. The other possibility is that you have acquired an infection that remains asymptomatic because of a low virulence viral strain or because of an excellent immune response from your own system, perhaps both. Is it possible for me to have herpes and not show any symptoms? Yes, one can have a herpetic infection and not know it. Such an occurrence is infrequent, but possible. I have Herpes Labialis, or, of the mouth. It usually manifests about two to three times a year, during periods of high stress and low rest. I am taking mg of Acylclovir 4 times a day, and for the past five days, it doesn't seem to have done much on the sore I currently have. Usually, it is effective much faster. Is it possible that the virus is building up an immunity, such that I would need another treatment? Also, I got this from my girlfriend. She had the virus in the form of a small cold sore, and I got it from an open wound in my mouth, due to mouth-to-mouth contact. When I have a sore with a white covering, signifying that I am contagious, does she have to worry about contracting the virus, maybe a worse type or as a different type of virus, even though she's the one I got it from?? Is she at risk? Yours sounds like what is referred to as a "ping-pong" infection. Microorganisms, including viruses do not become immune. They can become resistant to a variety of anti-microbial substances used to treat the infections they cause. Some of the following facts may help your thinking, hopefully without confusing you: Isolation of acyclovir resistant mutants of HSV isolates was reported in These were laboratory studies. Virus which is less sensitive to acyclovir possibly may result within those persons taking that drug. Such patients are advised to take pre- cautions they do not transmit the virus if they experience active sores while they are taking the drug. Acyclovir is not equally effective in all persons. A quantative relationship between laboratory susceptibility of HSV to acyclovir and its clinical effectiveness in humans has not been established. If the two of you have not participated sexually with any others, the likelihood of another virus strain in the scenario is nil. See your health care provider who put you on acyclovir in order to discuss the way your treatment has gone. I was wondering if genital herpes is commonly a disqualifying factor, when found in a pre-employment doctors physical. Thanks for your time I doubt seriously if any pre-employment blood test examines specifically for anti-herpes antibody. These pre-employment tests are usually CBC complete blood count , blood chemistry and nearly always a urine screening procedure for presence of drugs in the system. Consult your local library for a manual that will describe the requirements and limitations for many such jobs, commonly shelved within the Documents section. These information manuals will usually state clearly any disqualifying conditions. I was diagnosed with herpes about 6 months ago. I now have a partner who, unfortunately, contracted the herpes from me. My question is, when either of us has an outbreak, will the other necessarily have an outbreak if protection is not used? Having unprotected sex between two herpes infected persons is not reason for one partner to be triggered into an outbreak when the other is having one - unless, of course, the sexual union is a stressful one. Not likely then perhaps. The risk of unprotected sex lies in the possibility of spreading the virus to other parts of each other's bodies, somewhat of a mutual auto-inoculation. The risk also lies there, unless each of you have made some determination of your abilities to shed or not to shed virus asymptomatically. Is famvir sold over-the-counter or only by prescription? Famvir is a prescription drug. It's the first time I've got herpes and my doctor prescribed famciclovir and penciclovir for 5 days. What are my chances of getting out of this disease? With today's knowledge you have no chance to escape a herpetic infection through treatment. Famvir is an anti-herpetic drug, but herpes is still forever. The prescription antivirals make herpetic infection more tolerable, and they are being studied for their possible ability to lessen shedding. My husband and I have recently been diagnosed with herpes. Prior to this occurance, we were anxious to start a family. Can he and I "reinfect" each other since we've both been exposed? What threat does this disease pose to an unborn child? What are the long term effects of the virus? Does it cause infertility? Any information provided would be greatly appreciated. Your short question poses some very important issues for would-be new parents. Hopefully, some of these answers will be of some value to you. The herpes virus can be spread to other parts of the body within and between persons who are already infected. Two risks are at issue for HSV infection during pregnancy: However, uninfected children are regularly born to infected mothers. Congenital transmission is rare. Skin lesions, sometimes mis-diagnosed as impetigo or inflammation of a follicle, occur in about half of infected neonates. Invasion of the eye is also seen. The outlook for infected neonates is not good. I am unable to answer specifically about influence on fertility. The best advice on childbearing for an infected mother should come from someone who deals with that professionally. Frequent virus cultures of the mother during her last few weeks of pregnancy to monitor the likelihood of possible viral presence at birth are inconvenient but quite helpful to guide delivery planning. I wish you well. My current boyfriend and I have been monogamous for over two years. Within our first three months of dating, I had my first outbreak of herpes. At that, he had a small cold sore on his mouth, and to this day, we still wonder if that was the cause.
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