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Understanding Herpes

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

Overview Cause Transmission Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Complications Overview Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, one of every five teenagers and adults is infected with genital herpes. Women are more commonly infected than men and it is estimated that one of every four women has herpes. Although at least 45 million...
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Please help me understand this, do you think this will also affect HIV window period or a false result.

Hi Dr. Brian, second try, please answer and advice me on this. New update from Body on March 1st. Treatment Can Control Herpes and HIV Viral Load, Study FindsTreatment with the herpes drug Valtrex...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
The effect of Valtrex is purely on herpes simplex, not on HIV directly. The reason it seems to reduce the HIV viral load is that the herpes virus itself has an effect on HIV replication. The Valtrex reduces the amount of herpes in the body and... Read more »

Still Don't Understand

You answer my Question the other day about My V Load being so low and having hiv for years. You said something about Non-B Virus Variat..Could you Please tell me what That means Non B virus Varitat...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Most of the information available about HIV comes from studies in North America/Europe/Australia where most of the virus has been subtype B (categorized by analysis of envelop or outer portion of the virus). Some non-B HIV may be missed by some of... Read more »

Please Help!!! I'm So Stressed and Don't Understand...

I had condom-protected sex (I was insertive partner) with another man who is HIV +. He is on meds. He also gave me oral sex for a minute or two. I'm concerned about a small bump on my penis (very small) that it may be a syphilis chancre....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
There is a theoretical risk that an ulcerative lesion could act as a portal for HIV transmission. But, this requires the ulcer to be there at the time of potential exposure to HIV. If it pops up later, that does not count. Also, it is unclear... Read more »

understanding recent labs

My fiance and I are both positive,he however is more progressed then I am.Last week due to severe night sweets,shortness of breath and a lot of mucas being coughed up he went in for a T.B. skin test and sputam culture.T.B. skin test was neg.,however...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
E. coli is a bacteria and shingles is caused by the chicken pox virus (which is a herpes virus). They are not in the same family. Levaquin would be one of the drugs of choice to treat an E. coli infection, in the lung or elsewhere. Urination... Read more »
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hey,gayman bill i don't understand

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
hello i am thankful for your reply,but i don't your reply because you say he,who is he?i am sorry for the stupid questions .i took the hiv test at 13 weeks and it was neg. i took the test at my local heath dept. and i had to wait 2 weeks for the... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
If you have late hiv infection, and have herpes, wouldnt you breakout more often without any meds?

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Herpes Window

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I know this is slightly out of place, but there is no other good forum for sexually transmitted diseases that I could find. For those of you worried about obtaining herpes (I see a lot of questions about unprotected oral sex), the window period for... Read more »

Can Herpes Virus affect testing?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I had unprotected sex with a girl of unknown status, 1 week later I got blisters and was diagnosed with Herpes, as if that wasn't bad enough I began having other symptoms. I was tested by elisa at 10 weeks and negative. Can the herpes infection... Read more »