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What Are The Long Term Effects Of Herpes

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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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Long lasting herpes

Dear Doctor,facing my 15th year with HIV, I am more careful to therapy side effects rather than AIDS itself. Keeping my VL mostly <50 and CD4>800 with sustiva/ kaletra/ ziagen and a quite normal life, I am very upset when a common herpes,at...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I have observed a similar problem in a small number of my own patients. I often put them on long-term suppressive therapy with 500-1000mg Valtrex per day (or acyclovir) with generally good results. KH... Read more »

Herpes meds effects on HIV

First off, many thanks for the availability of this forum, and the education that it provides. My question is how does Herpes medicines effect HIV? Are there any studies available? I have been positive since April of 2000 and have had no symptoms...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. There is an interesting association between herpes virus infections and progression of HIV infection. Reactivation of herpes induces an immune response to bring it under control. For someone with HIV infection the... Read more »

herpes

pls doc i am hiv poz and i have got a cold sore on my lip,will this effect my viral load and cd4?i did have herpes genital last year on my anus and my penis,scared of it all coming back pls answer as my doctors always hard to track and have to make...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Actually any active infection, including herpes, can transiently affect plasma HIV viral load and CD4 counts. You may want to wait until your current outbreak subsides to have your blood drawn for routine follow-up studies. Also, since you are... Read more »

Really need your advice - aggressive herpes out break

Hi, I really need your advice. I saw the discussion on prednisone. I am on high initiation dose and then tapering next month to 30 to 40 mgs per day for a month, then 20 mgs a day before alternate days. Problem is that I got the worst herpes attack...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Prednisone can be a blessing but also a curse. It can reduce inflammation and make life bearable for those with inflammatrory conditions but the side effects are to be respected.My advice is always to try to use the lowest dose of steroids for the... Read more »
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Symptoms of ARS compared to Herpes or other STD

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello everyone,
Well I'm another that did the irresponsible thing and had unprotected sex, and I have symptoms that are consistent with ARS as well as other STDs. Does anyone know or has anyone had the symptoms of ARS and if so what were they for... Read more »

Herpes question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Can u catch a different strain of herpes from someone if you yourself had herpes for 10+ years but had an unprotected exposure with someone who just recently got it from someone they were involved with...... Read more »

If I have herpes and wear a condom ?

Posted by oi812Help, 1 Reply
It has been written taht males who have herpes and have sex with hiv+ individuals are at great risk. Are they at great risk if they wear a condom? The studies I read said herpes transmission is signifigantly reduced from men to women but not the... Read more »

Herpes and HIV/delayed sero

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know whether taking Famvir (an antiviral) for a rash (herpes like burning sensation) for 5 days (this was 2 weeks after exposure) would delay seroconversion? Could it delay it beyond 3 months? Is there any real need to test at 6 months... Read more »