People who have already been exposed to the disease are not at risk of getting it again. Most of the time, HSV-2 is transmitted during sex through contact with genital or anal surfaces, skin, sores or fluids of a person who has the virus.
Can HSV-1 mutate into HSV-2?
The two types are not related to the other type. It’s true that both types of infections can cause confusion.
How common is it to have both HSV-1 and 2?
It’s very common to be bitten by either the HSV-1 or the HSV-2. The majority of the world’s population are carriers of one of the two viruses. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in six people in the US have genital herpes.
Is HSV-2 worse than HSV-1?
If an outbreak of HSV-1 occurs in or near the eyes, there’s a chance that it will develop into ‘ocular herpes’ which is a serious and potentially blinding disease. Although pregnant women with genital herpes should talk to their gynaecologist, there is less risk of serious problems with the newer version of the disease.
Can you test positive then negative for HSV-2?
Within a few weeks to 3 months, the test may be negative, but you could still have the disease. A false negative is when something is not true. It can take up to 3 months for this test to be positive after being exposed to a sexually transmitted disease.
How long does HSV-1 IgG stay positive?
The time required for the development of IgM antibodies is between 21 to 28 days, with most people having them by the end of the day.
Do you have to take valacyclovir everyday for the rest of life?
Valacyclovir only needs to be taken twice daily, which is less than five times a day for acyclovir. It’s easier for people to take. Depending on the condition being treated and the person’s immune system, treatment can last from one to fourteen days.