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Talking To Your Partner About Herpes

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AIDS InfoNet

How Risky Is It?

...mouth ulcers, syphilis sores, or other cuts or breaks in the skin. When there is exposure to infected blood . When the uninfected insertive male partner is not circumcised . The Bottom Line Researchers have developed estimates of the risk of transmission of HIV. These estimates can give you a general idea of which activities are more or less risky. They cannot tell you that any activity is safe, or how many times you can do them...
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Herpes, Betrayal, Cervix Mysterys, and HIV risk--Oh my!!!

Hey Bob, I'm actually writing to you, or at least I know of you, since I'm an Oberlin Alum myself (we even met briefly!). I'm writing to ask you a bit about my risks of HIV transmission, and to get some clarity about some of the stats out there. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...pertaining to unprotected receptive penile-vaginal sex with a partner confirmed to be HIV infected are from a CDC publication of estimated per-act risk statistics for acquisition of HIV by exposure route. These population statistics cannot be... Read more »

Oral Sex and Herpes / HPV

Are there any "safe" times when I can receive oral sex if I have a mild case (two outbreaks per year) of genital herpes or warts? Does this increase my chance of cervical cancer? I am a middle-aged bisexual and my partners want this. How much risk...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...This is a tough question. Truth be told, both genital herpes and warts are caused by viruses and both of these types of viruses tend to persist even if you do not have any lesions. HOWEVER, Read more »

Is herpes curable or treatable?

I am suffering from Herpes. Is there any cure forever? what will be the outcome if I get married? Any treatments availabel?
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...able to help you. Having herpes should not have any significant affect on your relationships (including marriage). If your partner truly loves you and cares about you, having herpes will not interfere with your relationship with them. The... Read more »

Am I dangerous? Him: hiv +; me: herpes.. Afraid for him.

I'm in the beginnings of a new relationship with an hiv + man. I have herpes from my ex-husband and fear two things. One, telling him -- we haven't had sex yet -- and two, being a danger to him. I am afraid of risking his health and life by...
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University
...surprising that you do not want to tell him about your herpes when he has let you know that he has HIV. It's important in intimate relationships that you be able to talk freely with each other about such matters. And this can be done in the... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...transmitted when infected fluid gets into someone's body. You can't spread HIV if there is no HIV infection . If you and your partners are not infected with HIV, there is no risk. An "undetectable viral load" (see Fact Sheet 125 ) does NOT ... Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...are the most common sexually-transmitted infection in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 6.2 million Americans become infected with genital HPV every year. Studies suggest that over 50% of all... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

...activity, HSV1 can cause infections in the genital area, and HSV2 can infect the mouth area. HSV is a very common disease. Approximately 45 million people in the US have HSV infection -- about one in five people over the age of 12. The US Center... Read more »
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Survey Finds Genital Herpes Is Common Among New Yorkers

...311 for clinic locations and hours of operation. Anti-herpes medications can help with outbreaks and reduce transmission to partners. Blood testing for HSV-2 is not recommended for most people, but a doctor may recommend a blood test if you: ... Read more »
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