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Women Can Carry Herpes Without Knowing It

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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 Women carry AIDS?

My new girlfriend says that only men carry AIDS and they give it to women, so women can only catch it not carry it. Is this true?Thanks...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Nope that's not true. AIDS is caused by a virus (HIV). The virus can be spread form man-to-woman, woman-to-man, man-to-man, or woman-to-woman. In other words, the virus doesn't really care what sex you are. Have your new girlfriend sign... Read more »

If no one knows your status, should carry medicine indicator in your wallet

They say chose carefully who you disclose your staus to. So I've adhered to that. Two of my closest friends know. They're supportive. Even so, be offering to keep a small extra stash of my med at their home. In case I down the night and...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.One certainly doesn't need to wear your status on your sleeve, nor carry it in your wallet. I might suggest just keeping a card or notice that says something like "In case of emergency, please contact... Read more »

Change in drug or tests to carried out??

i'm using forstavir-3 1=24hrs. and till now im just undergoing cd4 and viral load test.. after 9 months of usage of this drug my cd4=374 and viralload= 90. is there a necessary to change drug or additionally tests to be carried out.....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Usually a single detectable viral load under 100 is not an issue, assuming that you haven't missed more than 5% of your medications.Such low level viral loads are often the result of lab errors or minor activation... Read more »

How to Carry on

Hi,I would like to know how to manage, ... everyday all I think about is being HIV+. How can I stayed focused at work, since without my job, I think I will fall into despair and poverty ?My only hope is for a cure, which is very unlikely to...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
HIV infection may not be curable at this time, but there is good treatment to manage it. And if you are able to manage it, hopefully you can continue working. There is no reason for despair. Your preoccupation with HV and trouble focusing on... Read more »
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Herpes-HIV Connection?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
OK... here's the deal. I recently visited with a woman of unknown HIV status at a local bar. After conversing for about an hour, we ended a visit with a brief kiss.... not deep or passionate. There was the presence of saliva on my bottom lip from... Read more »

HPV+ Herpes Outbreak+ Oral sex w/ HIV+ parter=HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I received oral sex from a girl who is HIV+. I have some genital warts from HPV and had a Herpes Outbreak at the time. Am I infected with HIV? What are my chanes? Are there any documented cases or could I be a first? I am married and need URGENT... Read more »

Hetersexual Women who ar +

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
How do many heterosexual woman contract HIV? I have scoiured the sites here and at the CDC and I have come upo with the following:

UNPROTECTED SEX either vaginally or anal ( more dangerous of course)with a HIV + man usually one who is BI.
UNPROTECTED... Read more »

How best to ask women to get tested?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Since condoms are not 100% effective for preventing HIV transmission (and other fluid transfers are also a problem), it seems apropos to ask one's partner to get tested with you for AIDS, before having sex.

Even before kissing, if one of you... Read more »