Are we any closer to a cure or a significant treatment that will at least protect others? Still Worried After All These Years Dr Rob’s Response:. I want to know what is the difference between being a carrier and having herpes virus. The vast majority — between 75 and 90 — don’t know they are infected because they don’t get, or don’t notice, herpes sores on their genitals. Men can shed infectious herpes virus through normal-appearing genital skin. However, if you don’t already have Herpes 1, you can get it genitally from oral sex given by an infected partner. If you do get genital Herpes type 1, there is good news. That is not to say that you are more susceptible to Herpes type 2 if you already have Herpes type 1, but you are more likely to be an asymptomatic carrier of Herpes type 2 in that scenario if you do become infected.
Answer: Herpes can be passed form person to person without the individual (male or female) knowing that they have an outbreak or even the infection. However, in some individuals, the outbreak is ‘atypical’ in that they only have redness with or without itching, and the blisters may be so small as to not be noticed. For one thing, carriers of HSV-2 can remain asymptomatic for years. In fact, about 40 percent of those with HSV-2 don’t manifest symptoms at all. Infection can cause small, painful sores on the genitals, thighs, or buttocks. If you have oral herpes, you can spread genital herpes to another person through oral sex.
If the situation is reversed, about 4 men would get genital herpes in a year. The couple should also definitely avoid sex if she has an outbreak but remember that herpes can be spread even when there are no symptoms of an outbreak. People who contract genital herpes often don’t experience genital symptoms, and yes, can be carriers of the virus without having symptoms. TheBody.com fills you in on the topic, what does being a carrier of herpes mean, with a wealth of fact sheets, expert advice, community perspective, the latest news/research, and much more. Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores and Genital Herpes). Active carriers have virus in their blood (as determined by a HBV DNA test.
A herpes carrier can easily transmit their infection to their partner through vaginal or anal intercourse. Having genital herpes does make it easier to get HIV (and thus AIDS), but otherwise, the condition is not disabling, and does not reduce lifespan. Herpes. I have just found out today that a very good friend of mine just found out that he has HSV-2 (genital herpes). He has never exhibited any symptoms, apparently he is what’s called an asymptomatic carrier. I feel so awful that I could have infected my boyfriend too. Herpes is a lifelong disease with no cure, but most infected people have long periods without symptoms, interrupted by only occasional outbreaks. Either virus can cause blisters in the mouth or genital region, but HSV-2 typically affects the genitals, whereas HSV-1 most commonly affects the mouth. For best protection against herpes infection with a known carrier, abstain from sexual activity when symptoms are present, and use condoms between outbreaks. I have a few questions regarding Herpes Simplex 2. Can you be tested for the virus even if an active sore is NOT present? And what are the signs to know if the virus is shedding even if there are no sores or related pain?. Genital herpes can spread to the mouth through oral sex. Once you have contracted either type of herpes virus you will be a carrier for life. However, both types tend to become less severe with the passing of time and though they may still be contagious to others, many times people stop having breakouts at all. True: Anyone who has ever had sex can get genital herpes. It is not about being clean, dirty, bad or good it is about being sexually active. As well as genital herpes, HSV can infect the mouth and cause cold sores. HSV-1 and HSV-2 lesions look the same and can only be distinguished by laboratory testing. Often this is due to one or both of the partners being carriers of HSV and not knowing it.
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Cold sores and other herpetic blisters can be painful, and some HSV carriers will have frequent outbreaks, but this isn’t the case for most people. However, HSV type I can also sometimes cause genital herpes. However, the initial (primary) infection with genital herpes does usually have symptoms and can be very severe, with a general, flu-like viral illness along with the genital sores. This will indicate whether someone has been infected with the virus at any time in the past and is therefore a herpes carrier. But evidence has long been growing that herpes can be transmitted even when no lesions are visible. In the United States, more people have genital herpes than all other sexually transmitted infections combined – 50 million people in total. You can also spread the virus when you have no apparent symptoms if you are a carrier of the virus. In fact, many people never have symptoms of herpes despite testing positive for the virus.