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What Does Herpes Simplex Virus Do To You

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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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Herpes simplex type I and HIV

Hello Doctor,Is Herpes simplex Type I a symptom for HIV ? Can it appears after three months of exposure and I have been tested negative after 18 weeks?Does too much of stress cause Herpetic infection recur?Thanks...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
Herpes Simplex Type I infections are seen in association with HIV infection, but by themselves are not a sign nor a symptom of seroconversion. Stress has been identified as a factor in recurrent herpetic infections.Take care,DR... Read more »

Herpes outbreak at the time of drawing blood. Please answer.

Dr. McGovern,First of all thanks for your support to the people who really need you. Could you please answer my concern. I have tested positive for HSV-1 and HSV-2. I have tested negative for HIV Elisa antibody test 9 months following the exposure....
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Please be reassured that a herpes outbreak should not interfere with your HIV testing results.Dr. McGovern... Read more »

herpes with hiv

If you become infected with hiv and you already have hsv-1 oral and also hsv-1 on the genitals will you have a severe or any outbreak during acute hiv infection? Im not sure if I have come in contact with hiv but I did experience about 3 days of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,A severe outbreak of herpes would not be expected during acute HIV infection, as the immune system that helps control chronic viral infections would still be intact at that time. More severe or persistent herpetic outbreaks may be seen in... 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 »
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Can HIV antibodies cross react in a herpes test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi folks,
I am wondering if HIV antibodies can be mistakenly be picked up by HSV-2 IgG ELISA. This may cause false positive for HSV-2. ELISA (even for HSV-2) being a more sensitive test as compared to specific has been always known to throw in false... Read more »

genital herpes or herpes simplex

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Could herpes cause changes in your mouth like dry mouth, white hairy tongue? Thanks for your response.

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How Does HSV interfear with HIV?

Posted by oi812Help, 1 Reply
Do these viral agents make freinds and work together or might I be a famous General and pit one against to other so they both are destoryed? Read more »

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Posted by Need2Talk, 1 Reply
Hello. I'm sorry to bother again, but this will be my last series of questions. I have HSV-2 (genital herpes). On 5/14, I had mutual masturbation with a man who swears he is hiv negative (I don't know him to know if he's telling the truth). Im... Read more »