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Genital Herpes transmission and symptoms questions
Some question concerning genital herpes which during my research i couldn't find answers for or there was conflicting information. I think this would be useful to those who have recently been diagnosed with HSV or for those who may have came into contact with HSV.
1) Is direct skin-to-skin contact the only way of transmission, or could other methods also be possible i.e. hand touches genital then same hand touches own genital?
2) Are blisters noticeable by naked eye? Is time period 2 days from blister to sores?
3) Are first time outbreaks more server then future outbreaks?
4) Symptoms such as headache, fever and flu like (constitutional symptoms) are not always present?
5) Is it true to say after exposure and in most cases symptoms such as blisters or rash occur between 2 to 10 days after initial exposure?
6) Is sexual intercourse, masturbation and oral sex painful when an outbreak is occurring and therefore a person who has HSV would not participate in an activity during an outbreak?
7) If on a course of antiviral such as Valtrex or acyclovir this can reduce transmission by upto 50%?
8) Transmission rate for discordant couples even if not medicated is between 5%-10% per year?
9) Seeing a partner is on antiviral medication does not always indicate genital herpes as same medication can be used for oral herpes shingles and it should always be discussed rather then assuming?
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