What To Do If Your Partner Has Herpes

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

...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 aged 12 and older in the United States have genital herpes infection, there has been a substantial decrease in cases from 21 percent to 17...
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Your room mate has herpes and uses your towell. What do you do?

What about a room mate with herpes who shares the bathroom and dishes? What conceivable risk could ever happen? How do you know? What precautions might be taken?
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...transmitted by casual contact. So justliving with an infected person does not put you at risk. You have to havesex or other intimate contact with them in order for you to be at risk.If you have any further questions, please feel free to call... Read more »

Herpes=increased HIV risk? Help!

Dear Doctor Robert,Can I start by saying thank you for the work you do and the thousands of people you help with your sound and level-headed advice. I will greatfully give a donation if you can help by answering my question. Which is...Could I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...with anyone while being too afraid to ever get an HIV test, because you feel you could never cope with a positive result! Ultimately I urge you to level with your partner. Strong relationships are built on trust and honesty and on confronting... Read more »

herpes HSV-1 and oral sex

hi, this question has been asked, and answered, but i was hoping to get further clarification. i was told by my dentist that i probably had oral herpes (as does 90 of america). she noticed an irritation of my gums after i has a cleaning. in any...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...you would transmit herpes simplex virus (HSV) to your partner when you are not experiencing symptoms. Some sources have estimated that people with HSV can transmit, or "shed", virus without symptoms--sometimes referred to as asymptomatic... Read more »

herpes symptoms on the upper thigh

I have Genital Herpes i got it from my ex performing oral sex on me with a cold sore on his mouth, anyway my current boyfriend of 2 years wants to know if blisters can appear on the upper thigh in the bend of the pelvic area? He's only had this...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...different areas of the genital region. A genital infection will not travel to other areas of the body.You really won't know if your partner had a herpes lesion on his thigh because you didn't have the opportunity to have it examined. If it was... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Genital Herpes

...Americans with genital herpes infection in the U.S. has decreased. Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of eight). This may be due to male-to-female transmission... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Herpes Treatment Approved to Reduce Infection's Spread, Too

...suppressing the virus. A recent study tracked whether that suppression would be enough to also protect an infected person's sexual partner. Researchers enrolled almost 1,500 couples in which one partner had herpes and the other partner did not,... Read more »
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Survey Finds Genital Herpes Is Common Among New Yorkers

...311 for clinic locations and hours of operation. Anti-herpes medications can help with outbreaks and reduce transmission to partners. Blood testing for HSV-2 is not recommended for most people, but a doctor may recommend a blood test if you: ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Herpes May Raise Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Finds

...Cancer Institute (2002;94:1604-1613). Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the major cause of cervical cancer, which killed an estimated 4,400 women in the United States last year. Scientists have long suspected that other STDs could add to the risk.... Read more »