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What To Do When Herpes Spreads To Skin

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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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Can I spread Herpes to another site?

I was told that you can spread herpes by scratching or touching a cut after touching/scratching a herpes vessicle. Is this true? If so, does the virus recur in the new site also.Thanks...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) types I and II most commonly infect specific areas of the body: genitals, anus/rectum, buttocks and upper thighs, and mouth. It is also possible to transmit herpes to a person's eye. Other than that, it is highly... Read more »

Can you receive a blow job w/o spreading herpes??

During the time of no outbreak is it possible to not spread the disease to my girlfriend?? Because she's always trying to give me head but I always pull her up and tell her no. So can I allow this to happen??...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Herpes virus can indeed be transmitted even when no symptoms are present.Dr. Bob... Read more »

How fast can herpes spread?

I had sex with my boyfriend recently and he was a virgin. I am not but have herpes and haven't told him yet. Its been about two days and he says he has a hemroid on his ass but Im afraid I could have spread this to him, does it happen that...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

Test Positive Aware Network
Hi, there:It is possible, but highly unlikely that he would be experiencing a outbreak within two days. In addition, the primary outbreak of Herpes is usually the worst for most people and is commonly accompanied by muscle aches, headache, fatigue,... Read more »

spreading STD's without symptoms

Can Herpes Type 1 be spread to a second person without a sore in or around the mouth region? How can a person who is a "Carrier" be tested? ...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It is unlikely that herpes simplex virus would be transmitted without symptoms being present, but it is possible. This is called "asymptomatic shedding". When a person has, for instance, a genital herpes infection, he might initially... Read more »