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How Does Herpes Simplex Virus Spread

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

...signs, followed by a blister that breaks open. The infection stays dormant in nerve cells. This is called "latency." However, it can become active again with no warning. Herpes can be active without symptoms or visible signs. Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) is the common cause of cold sores (oral herpes) around the mouth. HSV2 normally causes genital herpes. However, through sexual activity, HSV1 can cause infections in the genital area, and...
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cold sores = genital herpes?

are they both the same virus? aren't they two different simplex herpes types? in oral sex, can someone with a cold sore on the lips transmit the herpes virus to another person and have it manifest as genital herpes and/or lip cold sores (even...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV) that are categorized as HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 generally causes what are commonly known as cold sores or fever blisters: Read more »

Transmission of HSV-2

Dr. Kull,Is it possible to be infected with HSV-2 through oral sex. I had a receptive oral from an woman of unkowns status three months before. I have tested for HIV, result came negetive. Often I feel itchy over my body. Occassionally, little...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV) that are categorized as HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 generally causes what are commonly known as cold sores or fever blisters: Read more »

NYU DR said Genital Herpes from receiving BJ

I have been a long time reader here. Thx for all the help and advice.I just read in Maxim magazine that quoted a DR from NYU as saying it is quite possible to get genital herpes (and herpes simplex) from receiving a blow job.Damn, I was under the...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...know if I'd call oral to genital transmission of herpes is a "sure thing," but it can and does happen. There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV) that are categorized as HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 generally causes what are commonly known as... Read more »

Herpes and kissing

Dear RyanPlease respond to this question because I have probed your archives for answer. The Herpes virus ( HSV-1) which causes mouth sores or cold sores is only transmitted in its infectious or acute cycle? If its true and is infectious when...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...There is a small chance that herpes simplex virus I or II (the types that generally cause cold sores or genital lesions, respectively) could be transmitted when lesions/sores Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Condoms Offer Partial Protection Against Herpes

...STDs is well-established, Martin and colleagues noted that research has found mixed evidence of their benefit in preventing herpes simplex virus-2. Thus, they combined data from six different studies of HSV-2 and condom use involving a total of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Seroprevalence and Risk Factors for Herpes Simplex Virus Infection in a Population of HIV-Infected Patients in Canada

... The researchers in the current study set out to determine the seroprevalence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) in a population of HIV-positive patients in Canada. The study participants were HIV patients attending five infectious-disease Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Role of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 and Other Genital Infections in the Acquisition of HIV-1 Among High-Risk Women in Northern Tanzania

... In the current study, investigators examined the role of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) and other genital infections on HIV-1 incidence in a cohort study of female hotel/bar workers in Moshi, Tanzania, Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Genital Herpes

...get more information? What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. Most individuals have no... Read more »
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Condoms: Our most trusted method

Posted by bradford
...also prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, human papilloma virus (HPV), herpes simplex virus (HSV), hepatitis A, B, and C. Unwanted pregnancies can be prevented. Sexual contact accounts for 95... Read more »

HSV-2 WAYS OF INFECTION

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Are there any facts about how HSV-2 is transmitted? I have read that it can be contracted from genital to genital, and from genital to mouth - But what if I receive Read more »

HIV Prevention

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
...Hepatitis C along with other sexually transmitted diseases such as; syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, human papilloma virus (HPV), herpes simplex virus (HSV), and hepatitis A, B, and/or C. There is the perception that if you are infected, HIV is... Read more »

KS quotation, Dr Dezube

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...KS is caused by a type of herpesvirus called HHV-8 or KSHV. It likes to reside in the oral cavity. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that Read more »