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When Will You Know You're Infected With 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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Genital herpes: how do we know for sure?

Dr. Kull,Please post this question, your answer will help a lot of us to clear up some of the comfusions about HSV2. So how can we ever know if we are infected with genital herpes? In The Body, it states that 80 of the people are unaware that they...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
1. Don't know. It's difficult to explain why people respond differently to infections like herpes, but they just do. There are so many different factors that will influence the course of infection, and this applies to so many different... Read more »

Reccurring Herpes Infection

I am not on any ARV treatment because I can no longer afford what I was presribed after being on Triomune for one month, 4 months ago when I had to stop its use as it induced hepatitis.I have now got very frequently recurring herpes infection, at...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
I am assuming that you are taking acyclovir only at the time you develop herpes. Anyone with recurrent herpes, should consider taking acyclovir daily to prevent recurrent infections. Have you tried that? Alternatively, one could also take... Read more »

Infected with genitals herpes simplex but HIV?

Dr Bob,I've been visiting prostitute for the past one year. Not been wearing condom when she perform oral sex on me but always use a condom during sexual intercourse. The last time is on 18th of March. On the 23rd of March, infected with...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The estimated per-act risk for acquiring HIV from insertive oral sex with a partner confirmed to be HIV positive is 0.5 per 10,000 exposures. Your estimated statistical risk would be even less, as we do not know the status of your hooker. Herpes... Read more »

You know I'm infected and don't want to start a panic?!? Donation made!

Dear Dr. Bob, This is actually the fifth time I've written, no answer so far! I know my question may seem trivial to you but your answer is extremely important to me!I'm a 30 year old woman with to little children from Belgium. Here...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Worried Mom from Belgium,Let me give you my opinion about your four specific questions straightaway:1. Some medical instruments require sterilization; others do not. "Universal precautions" to prevent the spread of bloodborne... Read more »
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Co-infection Herpes and HIV

Posted by tphk, 1 Reply
Hi,
I am in China. Male 40yo.
I went to a massage parlour and had sex there. I used a condom but I have been infected with herpes (primo infection). I have a lesion on the scrotum.
For it looks I was not protected enough, is it possible that I am also... Read more »

Want to know the chances I could be infected

Posted by holladr, 1 Reply
Recently, I (a 20-y-o female) engaged in two rounds of unprotected oral sex with an African American male who goes to my school. I asked him if he's had a lot of partners, and he'd said "not very many" and when I asked if he's had STI testing... Read more »

HIV? HERPES? Crazy?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I had a questiona bout possible infection. March 8th I had unprotected sex and later found that my boyfriend had herpes, so low and behold I have it oral and vaginal. I also tested with him for hiv on March 31st all came back negative was that too... Read more »

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HIV INFECTION

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
http://www.hopkins-aids.edu/publications/book/03MMHIV1to3.pdf

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Just go to http://www.hopkins-aids.edu/
click on the "publications" section.
In the drop down box, scroll to "Medical Mgmt of HIV Infection". Read more »