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Viral Herpes Infection

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Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes)

What Is Herpes? Herpes simplex refers to a group of viruses that infect humans. Like herpes zoster (shingles, see Fact Sheet 509 ), herpes simplex causes painful skin eruptions. Itching and tingling are usually the first 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....
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Thanks for your comments and information about the possibility that people with undetectable viral might be able to infect HIV negative people and contribute to HIV superinfection, but is there any research revealing the actual numbers of such...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, we do not have reliable information as to how often this phenomenon occurs. As you can probably imagine it is quite challenging to conclusively prove that a particular strain of HIV was transmitted to an already infected individual. This... Read more »

viral load blip related to Herpes

Dear Doctor Holodniy-First, I want to thank you for your tireless efforts to help us all understand the ongoing issues related to living with HIV. I was diagnosed 2 and a half years ago with a VL at 86,000 and cd4 count of 486. I became...
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
Ongoing viral infections can result in an increase in viral load and usually a decrease in CD4 count. This happens mainly in people who are not taking HIV meds. In people on HIV meds and with undetectable viral loads, an elevation could still happen... Read more »

non-HSV1, non-HSV2 herpes coinfections, valtrex, and hiv viral load

I am hiv positive and I do NOT have HSV-1 or HSV-2 as confirmed by negative serology tests and lack of symptoms in clinical presentation. I was prescribed a 10-day course of Valtrex for treatment of what my physician thought to be an atypical...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
I don't have any experience with Valtrex suppression of non-HSV infections in HIV-infected patients. For HSV suppression, most of our patients are on acyclovir or Valtrex and both of these medications work quite well. Your situation is somewhat... Read more »

HIV and Herpes co-infection

I am a 37-year old gay male who tested HIV positive in February of this year. I was told that my infection must have happened within the past 6 months and I can narrow it down to the last week of December 2001. I was also told that my genital...
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
Your HIV viral load is low positive by two different technologies. Given this viral load level and your current CD4 count, HIV treatment is not recommended at this time.... Read more »
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Posible exposicion/faringitis viral y herpes bucal no confirmada

Posted by bradmars2013, 2 Replies
Buenas tardes,

Primero quiero comentar que la siguiente descripcion es mi primera relacion sexual con una persona, y no fue sexo vaginal o anal sino oral. Sino siendo, hasta el dia de hoy, virgen hablando en cuanto a penetracion.
Hace 1 mes le... Read more »

Co-infection Herpes and HIV

Posted by tphk, 1 Reply
I am in China. Male 40yo.
I went to a massage parlour and had sex there. I used a condom but I have been infected with herpes (primo infection). I have a lesion on the scrotum.
For it looks I was not protected enough, is it possible that I am also... Read more »

Viral infection - ARS?

Posted by 2ndChance, 1 Reply
Around October I was diagnosed with a viral infection which lasted around 2 weeks. I have had a few encounters with partners of unknown status and was wondering if ARS would last 2 weeks?

I know symptoms dont equal diagnoses but was wondering if ARS... Read more »

Viral Infection?

Posted by nicole1992
My primary care physician asked me to come back in a few weeks after my initial appointment at the beginning of March to check on the swollen lymphnode. My lymphnode is still swollen but it fluctuates in size so my doctor said she doesn't believe... Read more »