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What Is The Long Time Effect Of 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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Long lasting herpes

Dear Doctor,facing my 15th year with HIV, I am more careful to therapy side effects rather than AIDS itself. Keeping my VL mostly <50 and CD4>800 with sustiva/ kaletra/ ziagen and a quite normal life, I am very upset when a common herpes,at...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I have observed a similar problem in a small number of my own patients. I often put them on long-term suppressive therapy with 500-1000mg Valtrex per day (or acyclovir) with generally good results. KH... Read more »

long time side effects

Hell,doctor young,thank you answering my previous question,doctor it is now four weeks after pep(atripla),am experiencing lower back pain,chest pain,hand pain and headache which is not much,could it be side effects or acute HIV signs and symptoms,am...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Your symptoms are not typical of PEP or Atripla side effects, nor of acute HIV. I'd suggest speaking to your care provider.Be well,BY... Read more »

Long time positive no meds

My question is this. I have been positive for several years and maintained a high CD4 and low viral load. I have been in the hight 800's but now I am starting to drop quickly. Is there a medication or medications that could help to stop this....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Moving from Utah to Arizona won't change your CD4 counts in any appreciable way. First, look at your absolute and percentages- if you don't see much change in CD4 percentage, then not to worry.If you see a... Read more »

Under which conditions can tests be false negativ, after a long time

Hi Dr. Bob,I already asked you this question and I also aked it to some laboratories. Unfortunately, the answers I received there did not adress my question. You are basically the only person I still expect to get some useful answer from. Synopsis:...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Mad Engineer,I certainly hope you are a better engineer than medical biostatistician! Your 50% calculated probability is way, way, way off base!Here are a few facts:1.The vast majority of cases of shingles have absolutely nothing to do with... Read more »
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long term side effects

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
It would be interesting to hear from anyone that has been on antivirals for a long time(more than 4 years continously)that have minimal or NO side effects. Physical(appearence wise as well as internal) IF anyone out there falls into this catagory... Read more »

Herpes question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Can u catch a different strain of herpes from someone if you yourself had herpes for 10+ years but had an unprotected exposure with someone who just recently got it from someone they were involved with...... Read more »

psychological effects with long-term survivor

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I guess I am needing to know if there are any people out there who have really been in some sort of denial for years until first symptoms hit. I feel like a fool, but I've been positive since 84 and really have been in denial until getting so so... 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 »