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What Does It Mean If You Have Herpes 2 Virus

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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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Dear Doctor, Does this mean that I won't have the HIV virus, and I can't transmit HIV virus even if I had.

Dear Doctor, Here is an update from http://www.thebody.com/updates/2007-03-01.html Herpes Treatment Can Control Herpes and HIV Viral Load, Study Finds Treatment with the herpes drug Valtrex (valacyclovir) not only reduces the viral load of herpes...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
You are right to say that some people who are severely immunosuppressed (as you may be) can have a false negative HIV antibody test. In that setting, the best test to determine infection becomes a PCR test, or some other antigen detection assay.... Read more »

Does this mean i cant transfer the HIV virus?

Dear Bob, Just saw an update from http://www.thebody.com/updates/2007-03-01.html Herpes Treatment Can Control Herpes and HIV Viral Load, Study Finds Treatment with the herpes drug Valtrex (valacyclovir) not only reduces the viral load of herpes...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I am at a complete loss as to how you could make such a ludicrous assumption based on what's written in that summary report!The preliminary study found evidence suggesting Valtrex may "modestly" suppress HIV viral load. To make... Read more »

Does PCR mean virus?

Dear Dr. Please, what really does a PCR mesure? Does 100,000 copies/ml mean 100,000 virus? I've read in a book that it needs 10,000 copies/ml to get one simple virus. And only one virus doesn't do any damage to anyone, right?...
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
PCR is a molecular technology that measures genetic material (DNA or RNA). Thus, a PCR test measures the HIV virus and not antibody. One copy is essentially equivalent to one virus particle.... Read more »

Does undectable virus in blood mean no antibodies?

I've always been undetectable on viral load tests. Does having an undectable level of HIV in the blood mean that antibodies will take longer than normal to be created? In other words, is antibody creation a function of the level of the virus...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,No, HIV antibodies are an immunological reaction against the virus. HIV viral load is a method of quantifying the amount of virus in the blood. Even with "undetectable" viral loads in the blood, an HIV-positive person still has virus in... Read more »
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ARS symptoms means virus can be detected?

Posted by jxr
Hi...If you have ARS symptoms two weeks after an unsafe episode and these symptoms are actually a sign of HIV infection, will the PCR test be able to detect the presence of HIV in that short time frame. After all, the symptoms of fighting the... 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 »

Help I dont know what these labs mean!!! *DELETED*

Posted by CountTheStars, 1 Reply
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about the ARS virus

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I think I may have caught this virus how do I know if I'm infected with it plus hiv?

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