Herpes Q & A

We collect some herpes questions from our main dating site PositiveSingles.com. 
On our dating site, this service is anonymous and confidential. We just post some questions text and the answer from our STD counselor here.  Hope this can do some helps to the visitor on this site. Good luck! Herpes is just a minor virus, you can manage it successfully. But education is the most important thing. Please check the herpes questions and answers list blow:

Question: Can I  pass along the herpes virus by kissing someone, even if i don’t have an outbreak at the time?

Answer: Herpes is an infection of the skin. Most people caught the virus while a partner had mild or no symptoms of the virus. if you haven’t had an active outbreak for months the chance of the virus surfacing the skin decreases. Herpes could still spread even if you don’t have an outbreak. Herpes is spread by coming in direct skin-to-skin contact with the virus. There isn’t always a way to determine if herpes surfaced the skin.

Question: When can I expect to have an outbreak?

Answer: The symptoms of herpes varies from person to person. When herpes occurs flu-like symptoms, swollen glands, cold sores that contain a fluid, red spots, a rash, bumps, lumps, muscle pains, and other potential symptoms may occur. The most intense herpes outbreaks usually occur within a year of catching the virus.

If a person has oral herpes cold sore could be found around the lips, on the mouth, and inside the mouth. A burning, itching or tingling feeling may also occur. A burning or itching feeling could mean herpes is surfacing the skin. Herpes outbreaks happen completely by chance.

If you have genital herpes outbreaks cold sores could occur on the genitals, buttock, and other parts around the genital area. You may also experience leg or muscle pain. Herpes affect the nervous system and the virus travels though different nerve pathways. If you experience intense symptoms of herpes or get frequent outbreaks a doctor may prescribe Valtrex. Discuss you medication options with your dcotor.

Question: Can two people with herpes pass it to their unborn baby through the blood stream?

Answer:  The herpes antibodies could be found in the blood stream. Herpes isn’t spread through blood. A person with herpes is eligible to donate blood. According to the Center for Disease Control if a female with herpes has proper medical treatment she will have at least a 99.9% chance of having a healthy infant. If herpes outbreaks occur during the trimester (6-9 month range) of the pregnancy a c-section is typically performed. If needed certain herpes medication could be prescribed to a pregnant female. In rare cases herpes could be fatal to an infant. If a couple plans on having a child it’s important to inform your medical doctor.

Question:  I have tested positive for the HSV, genital I persume. I have never had an outbreak.I have met someone that is negative. What is the best way to protect her ? Is it possible that she would never become infected? Does Valtrex stop the chances of passing on the Herpes virous?

Answer: I think you were diagnosed with herpes through blood work. The herpes blood test doesn’t tell us if the virus is oral or genital herpes. We know that HSV-1 is typically oral herpes and HSV-2 is usually genital herpes. If you never had a herpes outbreak that tells us the virus is weak. When herpes is weak the virus is much less likely to spread. The herpes blood test doesn’t detect the actually virus, just the antibodies. Keep in mind once you test positive for herpes you carry the virus for life even if future blood work shows differently. The body could weakens herpes and the virus may go undetected.

If you have safe sex the chance of passing the virus to her is low. It’s best to use a lubricated condom. Lubricated condoms are less likely to break. I would also recommend avoiding sex if a burning, itching or tingling feeling occurs. If you ever feel your experience symptoms of herpes see a doctor while the symptoms are active. Herpes is most effectively diagnosed my haven a doctor see the virus.

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Question: Does having HSV-2 protect you from contacting HSV-1(G) and orally? I met a girl on positivesingles who has HSV-1(g) and I have HSV-2(g). And I want to know if I’m automatically protected from HSV-1 or do I face a risk of contacting either HSV-1(g) or orally. Also if she has HSV-1(g) is there a possibility of her transmitting it to me orally? I’ve had HSV-2(g) for almost 19years

Answer: HSV-1 and HSV-2 are completely different viruses. HSV-1 is usually responsible for causing oral herpes outbreaks. HSV-2 is typically responsible for causing genital herpes outbreaks. Both strains of herpes could spread orally and genitally.

Having HSV-2 will not protect an individual from catching HSV-1 vice versa. However, HSV-1 spreads genitally 5-10% of the time. If your partner actually has genital HSV-1 the chances of you catch the virus genitally wouldn’t be high. If your perform oral sex on a partner with genital HSV-1 you’ll be likely to catch the virus orally. Seem HSV-1 is usually oral herpes.

Herpes is almost always spread by coming in direct oral or genital contact with the virus. The only way you could catch oral herpes from your partner is if you perform oral sex on her. If she doesn’t have oral herpes and if you don’t have oral herpes there is no way the virus could spread just by kissing. However, there are cases where a partner has oral herpes and doesn’t know.

It’s important to ask a partner how s/he was diagnosed with HSV-1. Sometimes a person has outbreaks and then test positive for HSV-1. In that situation it doesn’t mean your partner has genital HSV-1. It’s possible that person could carry HSV-2 and that the antibodies weren’t detected by a blood test. The body tends to weaken the herpes antibodies. The virus could go undetected. A blood test doesn’t tell us if the virus is oral or genital herpes.

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Question: How long should you wait to have sex after an initial outbreak?

 Answer: The amount of time an individual should wait to have sex depends on the symptoms of herpes an individual is experiencing. An individual may get an initial outbreak and the herpes sores may clear. However, some of the symptoms of herpes could be present. For example, a burning, itching, tingling feeling or sensitive skin could indicate that herpes is on the surface of the skin. After an initial outbreak additional symptoms of herpes are more likely to occur. The herpes virus is often strong within the first year a person catches the virus.

If an outbreak is fully clear and if there are no symptoms of herpes the chance of passing the virus greatly decreases. I’m recommending that an individual uses a lubricated latex condom. Lubricated condoms reduce friction and are less likely to break.

Even if an initial outbreak is clear I would recommend an that newbies or anyone who gets outbreaks discusses the option of taking medication to reduce herpes outbreaks. Medication may not be needed. However, medication such as Valtrex could reduce outbreaks and the chance of passing genital herpes to a partner.

Question: where can I get tested for Herpes Virus?

Answer: The most effective way to be diagnosed with herpes is for a doctor to see active symptoms of the virus. If you experience a burning, itching or tinging feeling without an actual outbreak a herpes swab test could be effective. If you have an outbreak see a doctor as soon as possible.  On our dating site on Positivesingles.com, you can check the  list of local STD clinics or testing centers. Or you can send the mail to the STD counselor with your zip code, and then he will send you a list of STD clinics in your city. Good luck!

Herpes questions

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Question:  So I started dating someone, when and how should I bring up my std?

Answer: There is really no correct answer to this question. You may think of an approach that works well for you. However, I strongly recommend that your prepared to answer any questions a partner may have. Get your facts from the Center for Disease Control, American Sexual Health Association and government resources. Many articles online provide wrong information.
I would recommend telling a partner about your situation after a couple of dates. A partner may prefer to know about your situation right away. If you wait too long to have the talk it could mislead a partner. Ideally you want to tell someone who you know won’t tell others about your situation. Trust is important.

It’s also important that you prepare yourself mentally to talk to a partner. You want to start off by saying something positive. “I enjoy your company and I want a relationship with you. However, there is something I need to talk to you about”. Prepare yourself to remain calm, make eye contact and to speak with a normal tone of voice. Your attitude could influence a partner. You could also talk about ways to have safe sex.

You want to talk to a partner when no one else is around and in an area where you partner will act natural. Never tell a partner about your situation if the other person is in a bad mood or during the heat of the moment. After you talk to a partner allow him/her time to think about the relationship. It’s important to keep a positive attitude and to continue educating partner about safe sex. The chance of passing herpes to a partner could be very low.

Never talk rejection personally. Some partners are willing to accept the situation and others won’t.

Question: What are my best treatment options? I have HPV and herpes?

Answer: I would suggest you discuss your treatment options with your primary care doctor. If you have active herpes outbreaks or genital warts it’s important to avoid having sex. You could have sexual intercourse once the genital warts are removed by a doctor and when the herpes sore disappear.

Here are some of the more common methods used to remove genital warts. A podofolix solutions or a cream could be applied to active genital warts. In some cases the cream may not be effective and it could take time to work. Bichloroacetic acid could be applied to active warts. Cryotherapy is when liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the warts off. It could take several treatments to fully remove genital warts.

Genital herpes outbreaks usually reduce when medication is given. It’s not uncommon to get outbreaks even while taking medication. Valtrex and Acyclovir are the most common medications taken for herpes. A warm bath could ease the pain from herpes sores. Eating healthy, exercising and living healthy reduces the chance of getting genital herpes outbreaks and genital warts. Maintaining a healthy immune system helps alleviate the symptoms of herpes and genital warts. However, outbreaks could happen at any given time.


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