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What To Do If You Think You Have Herpes

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

Overview Cause Transmission Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Complications Overview Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, one of every five teenagers and adults is infected with genital herpes. Women are more commonly infected than men and it is estimated that one of every four women has herpes. Although at least 45 million...
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Poz Person's risk for Genital Herpes (HERPES, 2011)

I am an HIV+ gay man and just met a great guy, I disclosed my HIV status and he was great about it but then he disclosed he has genital herpes. I have never had anyone disclose that to me so I did the research and (as like HIV) all of the medical...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Sounds like a very logical plan to me. I'll repost several links below that discuss herpes.Good luck with your new Mr. Happily-Ever-After.Dr. Bob<a... Read more »

Please help me understand this, do you think this will also affect HIV window period or a false result.

Hi Dr. Brian, second try, please answer and advice me on this. New update from Body on March 1st. http://www.thebody.com/updates/2007-03-01.htmlHerpes Treatment Can Control Herpes and HIV Viral Load, Study FindsTreatment with the herpes drug Valtrex...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
The effect of Valtrex is purely on herpes simplex, not on HIV directly. The reason it seems to reduce the HIV viral load is that the herpes virus itself has an effect on HIV replication. The Valtrex reduces the amount of herpes in the body and... Read more »

I THINK I HAVE HIV AND GAVE IT TO MY SON AND WIFE

DEAR SIR, IM IN THE US NAVY AND JUST RECENTLY WENT OVERSEAS WHERE I HAD UNPROTECTED SEX WITH A WOMAN. I TOLD MY WIFE AND SAID WE SHOULD USE CONDOMS, BUT BEFORE THAT I HAD A DEPRESSION THAT I COULDNT HELP HELP BUT CRY THINKING I HAD SWOLLEN LYMPH...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
There is no way you could have given HIV to your son unless you had sex with him. Something else is going on emotionally and mentally for you that is causing you to have these irrational fears that may be connected to your depression and possibly... Read more »

Thinking of switching meds.

I have been on Truvada & Viramune for about five years. My doctor is thinking of switching me to Truvada & Isentress because for the last two years I keep having a blip with my viral load, but it goes back to undectable the next month. Other...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Im am glad to hear you are doing so well for so long. As long as the "blips" are low (less than 400) and always go back below detectable immediately there may be no significant long-term risk. Since you have a 5 year record of response... 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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Not sure what to think

Posted by Helo, 2 Replies
My wife had unprotected sex with a male and i had sex with the next day. I think he was poz not sure, but what the chance of me haveing hiv now. I had here go take hiv blood test at the two week mark. I also have buring in my uretha track could this... Read more »

anxietyboy--thinking of you

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been thinking about you alot these past few days. I posted a few weeks ago about how my ex-boyfriend gave me herpes four years ago....and now I'm afraid he might have given me hiv too. Anyway, you gave me some encouraging words and helped me... Read more »

I think I might have caught HIV 2 months ago.

Posted by lilywhite, 2 Replies
So, I'm a 32 year old woman and I think I might have caught HIV, but I also think I'm not thinking very clearly and I'm so scared I wake up shaking. I'm going next week to get tested.

Here is what happened. In September I broke up with my boyfriend,... Read more »