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Re: How did I get Herpes

Re: How did I get Herpes

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Posted by Karen on July 03, 2000 at 10:41:46:

In Reply to: Re: How did I get Herpes posted by HSV Victim on July 03, 2000 at 02:24:36:

This is for "HSV Victim" and Virgin Male: Most people who hear they test positive for herpes have only tested positive that they have antibodies in their system to HSV. Most people do test positive for the presence of HSV antibodies because just about everyone at some point in their lives has had a cold sore, or had physical contact with it (kissing someone, sharing lip balm with someone who has a cold sore). Having HSV antibodies doesn't mean HSV has taken up residence in your body. I have no idea why asymptomatic people are being put on Acyclovir (which is to suppress an active outbreak). I think you need to find someone else more knowledgable about this than your current doctor. As for pregnancy: even if you had symptoms, the baby won't get it from you in-utero. If a woman has a genital outbreak at the time of delivery, it is possible to pass it on to the baby in the course of the delivery, and, this could have a serious negative effect on the baby's health. That's why they'll avoid the infected area and deliver the baby via Cesarean. From what you have posted here, I don't believe you, or "Virgin Male" are HSV victims anymore than the rest of the population. HSV is very prevalent in the environment, but it is not air-born, it is transmitted by coming into direct contact with the virus via the skin. It is a little bit confusing, this issue of just having antibodies vs actually having HSV in residence in your body but being asymptomatic. Check out the following links and then keep looking for a more informed medical opinion. Good luck, I bet you're really "ok".
http://www.aad.org/pamphlets/herpes.html
http://depts.washington.edu/herpes/


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