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What Is The Best Way To Treat Genital 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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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 »

Chances of getting genital herpes from cunningiligus, analingus and fingering

Hello Doctor Frascino, I would first like to truly applaud you for everything you have done for so many people and their lives with your knowledge and kind heart. What you do is priceless.I am an 18 year old male who recently went to spain for a...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello,Having unprotected sex with anyone puts you at risk, no matter if it is with a prostitute or someone you know. From what you have described my best recommendation to you is that you get in to see your doctor for a full STI (Sexually... Read more »

Genital Herpes

I have been under lots of stress lately. I suffered of Herpes. I apply Acyclovir every 6 hours when I have an outbreak and it usually lasts 4 days. But lately I have sufferes about 4 outbreaks in the last 3 months. One month ago it was the most...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
There has been a lot of interest in Herpes in HIV infected persons for years, for reasons that may be important to you. There is some evidence that herpes outbreaks, especially when frequent, may accelerate HIV disease. Most of this work was done... Read more »

Genital Herpes

Dr Frascino,How are you? I hope you are doing well.Quick question, can one get genital herpes from just skin to skin contact?I recieved a handjob from a masseuse but who knows how many handjobs she gives in a day and for some reason she didnt wash...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi T,Can someone contract genital herpes just from skin-to-skin contact? Yes, absolutely.As for whether your rub-a-dub-dub-and-tug gal washes her hands between clients, I have absolutely no way of knowing.Dr. Bob... Read more »
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Genital Herpes

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Any positive guys out there who have also dealt with genital herpes? I'm curious to know how you've handled the issue in dating and sexual situations. How do you tell someone you're HIV-positive AND have genital herpes? Read more »

Genital Herpes

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I know this is an hiv forum but I was wondering if the first episode of genital herpes is extremly painful or not? What do the lesions look like and how long do they take to go away? Please answer!

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genital herpes pain

Posted by chichi, 1 Reply
hi,
if anyone - male or female - has genital herpies2 can you tell me if you have ever had any of these symptoms ....
a lower spine (tail bone) pain? i got h2 3 months ago (along with my hiv scare - which is NEGATIVE)and i have chosen not to take... Read more »

Genital Herpes???

Posted by sadface, 1 Reply
I have been coming here for a LONG time and have made some great friends along the journey. As you all well know I have OCD when it comes to STD's. So here we go...I am curious about genital herpes. I have read and read but I want to actually talk... Read more »