How Do You Get Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Mat Herpes (HSV-1): What are the chances of spreading to others?
    So I am a wrestler and I have recently caught the herpes simplex virus type 1 on my forehead, also commonly known as "mat herpes" for wrestlers. I know that it is very contagious when the sores are visible and I have been told that even when they are not I can still be contagious. I have a girlfriend and we were wondering what the chances of me spreading it to her by kissing are. We won't do anything while I have visible sores but what about once they go away? If I am to spread it to her will sores appear on her immediately and will they be cold sores or ones like I have on my forehead? And I have also heard that HSV-1 oral can be spread to the genitals. Is that only when the sores are present or is that also at anytime, and if so how likely is it? Sorry for so many questions, we are just nervous to do anything without knowing the consequences! Thanks for the help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Your girlfriend is really stupid. A smart women will stay away from you. lol

  2. QUESTION:
    Why must the fluorochrome be attached to the secondary antibody rather than being added to the cells separate?
    we are looking for antibodies for Herpes Simplex virus Type 1 using indirect immunofluorescence.

    • ANSWER:
      Not totally sure what you're asking, but I'm guessing its because the antibody is what recognizes the virus, so it you just threw in the flourochrome, it wouldnt bind and your immunoflourescent microscopy woud just look like a fog of flourochrome.
      Also, you can have a secondary antibody that binds to many primary antibodies, so that you maintain maximum consistancy and limit costs. Your primaries will all have a group that binds the secondary, no matter what else they bind to

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you die from Herpes Labialis which is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus.?
    Because doctors say that if you get cold sores, you have Herpes Labialis which is cause by the herpes simplex virus type 1.

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of anyone dying from herpes of any variety. It can cause horrible painful outbreaks of canker like sores, usually in tender locations. On the other hand, it is not curable, so once you have it, you have it. They do have a drug to reduce the strength and longevity of the breakups now. It seems to work, so if you are suffering from these breakouts, see your doctor and ask about it.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I read my herpes result?
    Hi everyone, I recently had all my std's exams done, they all came back negative. Ive been reading about herpes "simplex" and type ll. However, my result reads the following:
    Herpes simplex virus type ll IgG....... 0.21
    Index values: = 1.10 positive
    Does this mean I tested negative for type ll? or simplex and type ll? Do I have to test for "simplex"?

    • ANSWER:
      You tested negative according to the values, and are well under. I would not expect that you would need any further testing, as simplex and type II are the same in this test.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to help 12mo old son w mouthsores?
    My son has an initial infection of herpes simplex virus type 1 (cold sores). He has multiple sores in his mouth - tounge, gums, lips, throat. Our local rural health aides have advised us to scrub all of his sores with either salt water or water with baking soda. They told us to scrub until it bleeds. I was wondering if this was necessary. We also dab his sores with a one-to-one mixture of maalox and infants benadryl for numbing.

    • ANSWER:
      1-Keep the the cold sores clean and dry
      2-Replace your toothbrush and don't keep it in the bathroom which is a moist enviornment that herpes simplex could hope for.
      3-Don't put the brush that has been in his mouth up to the toothpaste tube which can transmit too
      4-Several studies show that a water based zinc solution,helps speed healing time.
      5-Ice might decrease inflammation
      6-Some patients claim that breaking a sore and using WITCH HAZEL or alcohol to dry it really helps.
      7-Avoid arginine-rich foods such as chocolate,cola,peas,grain cereals,peanuts,gelatin.
      8-Soften it with an over the counter,they contain some emollient to reduce cracking and soften scabs,and a numbing agent like phenol or camphor.
      9-You can protect the cold sore by covering it with petroleum jelly,be sure not to dip back into the jelly with your finger,or use a swab.
      Goodluck & Best Wishes

  6. QUESTION:
    Herpes Virus Type 1 & 2. What is the difference if their both Genital?
    Earlier this week i was itchy down below
    now i have some sores, there not to bad but

    i have been tested and it has come back positvie with Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1

    I tried to understand what the doctor was saying to understand. So is this the coldsore virus? But its on my genitals?

    Any advice please

    Is type 1 as bad as type 2?

    • ANSWER:
      Have a look at this link does a lot of explaining

      http://www.herpes.com/hsv1-2.html

  7. QUESTION:
    Is even a low tanning bed usage bad for your health?
    I'm aware of the short-term affects like contracting either of the Herpes Simplex Viruses (cold sores & genital) but are there any other risks?

    If i were to use a tanning bed ONCE for 15 minutes in the Spring (so i don't burn myself in the Summer when i want to get a tan), would it necessarily be bad?

    What if I were to only use a tanning bed 3 times in my life?

    • ANSWER:
      If you believe this nonsense you're doomed before you start. First: you will never get diseases like Herpes or anything else from a properly-cleaned tanning bed at a professional salon. They are disinfected after each visit by the staff. Anywhere that they ask YOU to clean the bed is a place you should avoid like the plague. A professional tanning salon is more sanitary than a doctors office.

      Second: lose the 15 minute crap. Get your skin typed properly by the salon and start with the time that they recommend. Every bed at every salon is different so don't make blind assumptions that 15 minutes is good for you. You may have to start with 5-6 to avoid burning. That said, you'll need more than one session to get a base tan - expect 6-8 visits, starting slowly and increasing time gradually.

      Third: you'd be wasting your time and money if you only went 3 times in your life because it's not enough to do anything. It's like going in the sun for 1/2 hour or so and expecting a deep tan. Ain't gonna happen. Your skin needs time and careful exposure to get the tan you want. It ain't immediate.

      Understand what the sunscare lemmings don't: UV light is UV light. Period. Moderate NON-BURNING exposure to UV light, regardless of the source, will NOT kill you, it will NOT cause cancer, and it will NOT damage your skin as long as you use a good lotion and eat properly. What it WILL do is cause your body to produce Vitamin D which will help prevent a lot of diseases like cancer (many of them, including melanoma), MS, flu, diabetes ...the list goes on. Don't be another lemming spinning sunscare lies, do your own research. Don't believe me, look at the sources. These are reputable sources by the way, not associated with the pros or cons of tanning.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can Herpes Simplex 1 be spread to my genitals?
    I think I may have oral herpes... Can it be spread to my genitals? I've read posts that say the body builds antibodies and will not allow it to spread to the genitals if it is already on the mouth. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      It is unlikely, but rarely it can happen. You can potentially spread the virus by touching a genital herpes sore and then another part of your body, which is called autoinoculation. This is particularly true during a primary initial outbreak (the first outbreak of genital herpes in people who have never been exposed to the herpes virus before). In general, autoinoculation is very uncommon after the primary initial outbreak, because your immune system has been established against herpes simplex.

      For some reason, while most people do seem to build up an immunity to catching it again, some people don't to the same extent. The vast majority of us will not spread an hsv-1 infection to a second site after we have had the virus for a few months and after our primary outbreak, but a rare few people still do. Therefore it is a good idea to still be careful about what you touch after you have touched your cold sore :-)

      Of all the people with genital and oral herpes of the same type that I have seen on the net, none of them caught the second infection more than 3 or 4 months after they had acquired their oral herpes infection or vice versa. The vast majority of people who have the same virus in both places caught both infections at the same time or while they were experiencing their primary outbreak.

      It is rare enough for the UK Herpes Viruses Association to give the following advice:

      ..."If you and your partner have the same virus you will not reinfect each other - even on a different part of the body. So, if you have caught it on your genital from your partner s facial cold sores, he or she will not catch the virus back on the genitals."

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do people always think hpv is herpes?
    I keep reading all these questions about HPV and all the answers are talking about HPV type one or oral hpv. Its not HPV type one, people, it's herpes simplex 1 that causes cold sores. HPV causes either genital warts or cervical cancer depending on the type of virus.

    • ANSWER:
      people are ignorant and uneducated. This place makes them feel good though beca" forum on this site. ANY idiot can answer the question, most of the time incorrectly. People think they are know it alls, and love the chance to show off how smart they are and how many points they have. Not even a Doctor should be answering questions on here, as it is impossible to diagnose something over the Internet. As my general rule in life, I expect people to be stupid and selfish.......rarely is that rule proven wrong.

  10. QUESTION:
    Please help me about Herpes Simplex Virus?
    I have a friend who is in early 20's recently got a Herpes Simplex Virus -1 from her ex-boyfiend by kissing. Now she's worried if she can still get a job or can still go abroad now that she have that HSV. She doesn't want others to know about her disease because she's ashamed about it, only me, her Ex, and her mother knows. So she never ask other what to do with it. She thought that if they require physical examination before going abroad or getting a job and find out that she have HSV, can she still get a job and can she still go abroad? And what are the other things that she cannot do anymore in later life now that she have it? Any helpful answers would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Type one HSV means she may get cold sores on her mouth; and 95% of anyone over 5 years old will test positive for this. Didn't her doctor explain that? It should not affect employment or anything else in her life. Find more facts on reputable health sites like the mayo clinic.


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