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What Happens If Herpes Is Not Treated

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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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What's the best way to treat herpes simplex?

Dr. Bob, you and your savvy are legendary/heroic! I'm a healthy poz guy, and after 18 years, have a 560 CD4, and VL is undetectable. I also have anal herpes, and would like your take on recent studies on women; findings conclude that control...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Swede in Washington,Although definitive studies in men have yet to be completed, it certainly makes good sense to me! However, I support your doctor's approach! However, I should also note there are some special warnings about use of... Read more »

My boyfriend cheated and now I have proctitis....could it be herpes?

Dr. Frascino,Thank you for taking the time to consider my question.Two months ago my boyfriend topped another guy without a condom. The next day he topped ME without a condom without telling me what had happened. A couple of days later we were...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,It certainly does sound like you and your boyfriend had an STD. I would not immediately assume herpes simples II is the culprit, based on the information you provided. I would, however, suggest you make a follow-up appointment with your doctor... 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 »

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 »
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Any herpes survivors out there??

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I hope someone is patient enough to bare with me.. I need some guidance from others with herpes. I was diagnosed with hereps 3 years ago. the catch is that when diagnosed i had a pinch size soar and was to small to culture. I had a standard blood... Read more »

It had to happen sometime!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Listen folks, I hate to be the first person writing into this board that turns out positive but it was inevitable...face it, it had to happen sometime.

THERE WAS NO OTHER EXPOSURE - I would tell you if there was.

None of you are Dr's, nor am I for... Read more »

Has anyone had this happen?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Four months ago my rectum began to bleed and became swollen to the point where it keeps me from going to the bathroom on a regular basis. In response to me not going to the bathroom, my appetite has been cut in half and over the course of four... Read more »

Whatever Happened to:

Posted by Broken_Angel1, 11 Replies
If this offends or bothers anyone...I apologize in advance. That is not what this is about...it comes from my heart. I will be away from the board for a while but will respond to anyone who has questions as soon as I can.



Whatever happened to? :

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