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yvonne1
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I wanted to know if one person has genital herpes and sleeps with a non infected person will they automatically get the disease?? no condom was used
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Heather
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Infections are never automatic.

Think about a common cold, for instance. Someone has one, and some people they come into contact get it, but others don't. Mostly it boils down to different immune systems and states of health.

So, so, is someone sleeps with someone with HSV-2, their risk of contracting it is high, but it's not a given. They also may not contract it.

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yvonne1
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I heard different from a doctor who specializes in std's without the symptoms present the uninfected person gets it through body fluids and shedding of the skin from the infected person....its very contagious
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Heather
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It is very contagious. Just like a cold is very contagious.

But a virus being very contagious still doesn't mean everyone exposed to it gets it. That's just not how bodies and infectious disease work.

If a doctor literally told you every single person ever exposed to HSV has gotten it and will get it, I'd seriously question that doctor's credibility as someone with any understanding of infectious disease.

[ 04-23-2013, 06:20 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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I know three people who got it from one person and I also know a college football player who got it he is very athletic and in good shape caught it from his girlfriend......people go sumtimes for years without knowing they have it comes they didnot have a outbreak. it stays in ur body as un active until u get a outbreak now a healthy immune system will help have fewer outbreaks but that dnt mean u dnt have it comes.
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Heather
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That is true that some people, many people, will not know they have contracted HSV for a long time, and that plenty who have will not have a visible outbreak for a very long time.

However, that does not change the fact that not everyone exposed to the virus contracts the virus.

I'm not going to get into arguments about how immune systems work, because we know -- anyone who studies the basics of infectious disease knows -- that there is no illness which everyone contracts when they are exposed to it.

Herpes is no exception: some people will contract it when exposed, others will not. We know for a fact some people have an immunity to it.

As well, we know that not everyone has HSV, even though we can be sure nearly everyone has been exposed to at least type 1, usually before they are teens. This is why when you look at resources like the CDC and the World Health organization, you won't read that 100% of people have it or get it (even when tested for it with tests we know can accurately identify the virus with or without outbreaks): because they don't. You will also read at resources like that that people when exposed *can* contract the virus: the reason they don't say will, rather than can, is that not everyone does.

By all means, I'm sure we all know some people who contracted HSV of either type: given it's prevalence, it'd be hard to go through a lifetime without knowing some people who have. But knowing some people who have doesn't mean all people have or do.

If you'd like some links about infectious diseases in general (of which HSV is one) and from credible sources that can explain this to you, if you like. Here's one to get you started: http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/infectious/how-infectious-diseases-work.htm

Can I ask, though, what your personal concern is here? Are you someone who has been exposed directly -- in other words, who engaged in sex without using safer sex -- and is worried? Or did practice safer sex with someone with HSV, but are not sure how much that may have protected you? Or someone with HSV concerned about passing it on? Or are you concerned about how to protect yourself from HSV? We might make better headway here talking in actuals rather than theoreticals.

As a P.S., our websites and it services are intended for and dedicated to people under the age of 25. So, we always need to limit the amount of time we spend with users coming in who are in their 30s and up because young people are who we need to serve first and foremost. That given, I'll ask that you also recognize and understand a conversation with someone your age is something we need to limit in order to provide for the population we're here for most.

[ 04-23-2013, 10:36 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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how do I delete my account??
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We don't normally delete accounts unless there's an issue with safety. If that's the case, you can use the "contact us" button to send us an email and discuss the situation further.

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