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What Is The Difference Between The Two Herpes Viruses

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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 virus 6

my question is concerning the lesser known herpes virus type 6, my health is a bit complicated as i am recovering and now getting well from several years of chronic fatigue syndrome, during this ilness i had a mono type viral infection caused by...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,This is an HIV/AIDS information Web site; consequently, I'll only respond very briefly. The reason I'm responding at all is that I'm concerned about the information you are getting from your "health expert."First off,... Read more »

partners having unprotected sex with different strains (SEX BETWEEN TWO HIV POSITIVE PARTNERS, 2011)

when i was diagnosed my doctor told me that i am classified as HIV strain 2 and with cd4 count of 5 as of 2007 and now 1095 of october 2010...i have a partner and the doctor told him that his HIV 1 & 2 strain and not taking medications yet...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Even between two HIV positives, unprotected sex remains risky business. Yes, it is possible to acquire a second more virulent or resistant strain of HIV by having bareback sex with another HIVer. (See below.) You report you decided to have... Read more »

if two monogomous partners have HSV 2, is ot necessary to use a condom EVERY time we have sex?

I am in a monogomous relationship and I recently found out that I got herpes from my boyfriend. He unknowingly transmitted it to me as he did not realize he had it. His previous and current outbreak resembled a razor burn. We were both put on...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It is advisable that you avoid reexposing yourself or your partner to active herpes lesions, although it is possible, but less likely, that you could transmit HSV to a partner without lesions being present (called asymptomatic shedding, see <a... Read more »

When working as a volunteer health care worker, is it possible I contracted the HIV virus?

Two summers ago I volunteered in a developing country. I work mostly in a clinic for men and women living with HIV and AIDS. I often had to change incontinent residents and their soiled bedsheets. I would also have to lift them up while another...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,What do I think? I think you are a compassionate, generous, warm-hearted, loving individual who deserves our utmost praise and appreciation. I also think you have racked up enormous amounts of excellent cosmic karma that should provide you with a... 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 »

hpv,herpes, - different strains

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Alright, this plagues me. Most realize that hpv has many strains, and so does herpes. My questions is if you already have either can you still catch different strains or are you immune to them? We know hiv has different strains that you can catch. Read more »

Two very different girls

Posted by grcboy77, 2 Replies
Hi there,
I have been sexually inactive for 2 years. During the last two months I had vaginal intercourse with 2 girls both using a condom. One told me she had 16 previous partners but has always used protection. The other told me she had 8 but... Read more »

herpes or something else?

Posted by maverick2323, 3 Replies
from last two days I had minor swelling on upper left portion on my lip. it has no pain no itching sensation till now. I had safe sex with 3 girls in last one month and from last one week facing fever weakness appetite loss and blood in mucus.taking... Read more »