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What Happens When Herpes Virus Enters Your Body

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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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Virus has entered spinal cord and brain ?

On a recent visit to the doctor for testicular pain, which I still have, they told me the Aids virus has entered the spinal cord, and brain? What does this really mean ? This was a result of a spinal tap....
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
The HIV virus does not just circulate in the blood. The virus can be found in all parts of the body, including the brain and spinal fluid.... Read more »

HIV virus enter penis head?

How easy can hiv virus enter your penis head? Can you wash it with acohol or Listerine right after sex or squeeze the head so the acohol can enter your penis to kill the virus? If this method will not work, will it be effective at all? I had...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,In general HIV is not all that easy to contract! For instance, the estimated per-act statistical risk for acquiring the virus from unprotected insertive vaginal sex with a partner confirmed to be HIV positive is 5 per 10,000 exposures. If the... Read more »

How does HIV enter the body

I am a hetero male and recently had unprotected sexual intercourse with a lesbian female. Before ejaculation, I withdrew my penis and masturbated to climax. During this process I caused mild damage or irritation to the skin of my penis. I do not...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

Test Positive Aware Network
Hi there,The virus needs direct access to the bloodstream for transmission to occur. This can occur when you get blood or vaginal secretions in your urethra. As for the abrasion on your penis, even if it had been bleeding it is highly unlikely that... Read more »

Virus Concentration and HIV ImmunityThe Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

Hi. I have two questions. You frequently mention that there is a very low concentration of HIV in saliva and therefore the possibility of transmission is very remote. Is not a single HIV particle entering the bloodstream able to reproduce into...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your questions. Theoretically, if a single HIV virus particle enters the bloodstream, itcould reproduce quickly and a person could be infected. Theoretically, justabout anything is possible. However, we have to look at... Read more »
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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 »

My `Resistant Virus`

Posted by Dreamer76, 7 Replies
Hello Everyone,

I was diagnosed in March (still feel quite new to this) and looking for some advice.
My initial blood tests were not just for CD4 cells and VL, but more indepth to get specific details about my virus!

The day after , my doctor told me... Read more »

It seems I really was likely infected with the Herpes Virus and Not HIV

Posted by DSKMan, 1 Reply
I have come to accept that my symptoms of swollen and bleeding gingiva, fever, ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, really wasn't HIV, and likely was a case of acute Herpes infection (Herpetic Gingivostomatitis).

You must understand were I come from, I am a... Read more »

Does virus change subtypes within body?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know if you are infected with one subtype, say subtype B, can it evolve into another subtype within your body? I guess the question, once subtype B, always subtype B?

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