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Receive advice from Dr. Rob Keller, a Doctor who devoted much of his life to the study of viruses and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.



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Dear Dr. Rob:

Can a person with genital herpes still be an organ donor?

Dr Rob's Response:


Dear Poster Who Asks about Being an Organ Donor:

Yes, a person with genital herpes can be an organ donor. Herpes is present in the Perineal area and in the nerves associated with it, and the not in the bloodstream.
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Dear Dr. Rob:

Can a person with genital herpes still be an organ donor?

Dr Rob's Response:


Dear Poster Who Asks about Being an Organ Donor:

Yes, a person with genital herpes can be an organ donor. Herpes is present in the Perineal area and in the nerves associated with it, and the not in the bloodstream.
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Dear Dr. Rob:

The guy I have been seeing just informed me he has genital herpes. We have never had sex. We really like each other and before he told me that he has genital herpes we were going to start a relationship. Now I’m afraid that I might catch it if we touch, kiss, touch the same doorknob, etc. I need to know how can I avoid catching this from him. Can we still kiss? If so, how do I not catch the virus? What precautions should we take? If we decide to ever have sex (not oral) will a condom prevent me from catching this disease? If so, how effective is a condom when it comes to not catching herpes or any other STD? Is there a certain time that we can or cannot have sex? What signs or symptoms should I watch for to let me know we should not have physical contact? Please help.
Sincerely,
Questions, Questions, Questions????

Dr Rob's Response:


Dear Questions about Genital Herpes:

Herpes is transmitted sexually, therefore touching, kissing, or touching the same doorknob, is not going to infect you. In addition, condoms are effective, if used correctly in preventing transmission of disease. You should not have sex during your menstrual flow. If he has any lesions or not, remember the problem is that most genital herpes is transmitted even when there are no lesions present on the infected partner, and there is truly no “safe” time. Having said that, with the appropriate use of condoms, it would be permissible at any time other than during your menstrual flow.
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Dear Dr. Rob:

I have genital herpes. After using the restroom I always wash my hands in warm water with anti-bacterial soap. Am I doing enough to prevent passing this on to my children? I wash my hands before every food preparation and generally 3 to 4 times an hour anyways. I`m not sure I am being careful enough. Do you have any tips?

Dr Rob's Response:


Dear Poster Who Worries about Transmission to Children:

Herpes is transmitted sexually or through oral means. Washing your hands is a good idea for all illnesses, but not particularly necessary for herpes. It sounds like you are being careful enough that your children will not contact Herpes Type 2, which is the genital herpes, from any hand contact or even kissing.
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Dear Dr. Rob:

Hello. Approximately 5 weeks ago I was tested for herpes. The test results came back with me being positive for type 1 and negative for type 2 and those results were described to me as "common". Earlier this week, my girlfriend developed lesions inside her vagina. The docs examined her and sent cultures to a lab for analysis, as they did seem to think that the spots looked to be the herpes virus. I did recently perform oral sex with her prior to noticing that I had the onset of a cold sore. Could this have been the point of origin? Also, I am getting mixed answers about blood tests, their accuracy, the amount of time by which herpes can be detected in the bloodstream, and whether it can be detected at all if you have never had an outbreak (type 2). Any info that you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

Dr Rob's Response:


Dear Poster Who Asks about Oral Sex:

I have received your question and it is quite interesting.
It is clearly possible to transmit Herpes Type 1 performing oral sex.

In terms of your questions about the blood test, if you do the Herpes Select Test, it is quite specific for 1 or 2 and the usual time between infection and presence of the antibodies is between 1 and 3 months. Therefore, if it is shorter than that, you may have to have them repeated.
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