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What Is The Difference Between Genital Herpes And Shingles

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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-Zoster-Shingles

I have had an acne type bump of the back of my neck...how would I know if it is zoster or shingles? I'm cd4-253/19000vl..its been there about three weeks...a friend who died in '94 had them on the back of his neck...my partner died in...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It sounds more like a small boil (furuncle) or folliculitis (infection of a hair follicle) than shingles or herpes. I suggest you get a doctor to look at it.... Read more »

shingles vs herpes?

I asked ou a question regarding a burning on Feb 25th. You said it might be hsv or vzv , since that episode i have not had any eruptions, nbut eould like to know whether i could possibly have herpes simplex I or simplex II. would it be genital...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
I was making a best guess based on your symptoms. It is quite unusual for either HSV (herpes) or VZV (shingles) to fail to cause eruptions unless an appropriate antiherpes drug was started quickly. Herpes 1 & 2 can be most easily distinguished... Read more »

Genital herpes and HIV

Dr Bob..Can you please help me clarify? I am getting different answers from different doctors. Would recently getting genital herpes make a dramatic increase in my viral load (double)? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Yes, it's possible. In fact almost any concurrent infection from a common cold to and STD can cause the viral load to shoot up. Hopefully it is only a transient increase, but I'd keep a close eye on it. If it doesn't come back down... Read more »

Genital herpes: how do we know for sure?

Dr. Kull,Please post this question, your answer will help a lot of us to clear up some of the comfusions about HSV2. So how can we ever know if we are infected with genital herpes? In The Body, it states that 80 of the people are unaware that they...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
1. Don't know. It's difficult to explain why people respond differently to infections like herpes, but they just do. There are so many different factors that will influence the course of infection, and this applies to so many different... Read more »
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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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shingles?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
can you get shingles in roof of mouth? I had a big like blisteron the roof of my mouth but it was like a water blister like when you get burned and then I popped and it hurts like crazy! Then I broke out with genital herpes I got this years ago and... Read more »

SHINGLES -- PLEASE RESPOND

Posted by scaredtodeath, 2 Replies
I hope someone will respond and let me know if I really have something to be worried about. I recently have had sex with two people in the past six weeks. With both guys I performed oral sex on them (without ejaculation) and had protected... Read more »

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 »