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my husband has sores on his penis dr says it could be cold sores never heard of this can you confirm

By Anonymous August 10, 2011 - 11:12am
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I think it's Human herpes virus 1 (HHV1) which is also known as herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1). It is typically the cause of cold sores around the mouth. HHV1 can also lead to infection in the genital area causing genital herpes usually through oral-genital contact.
You have to avoid sexual contact during visible outbreaks. It is better to take antiviral drug like HSV-Zero when you feel that an outbreak is coming to prevent lesions forming.

Even when there is no visible outbreak, it's recommended to Use condoms and/or microbicide wisely, because sometimes people don’t have any symptoms at all and still give herpes to another person, it is called asymptomatic transmission. Condoms and/or microbicide can cut the risk of transmitting herpes by half.

March 15, 2012 - 8:42pm
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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post!

It sounds like the "cold sores" the doctor described on your husband's penis are an outbreak of genital herpes - this is a sexually transmitted infection.

I don't know of any doctor who would describe these as "cold sores". Did you hear those words from the doctor himself or is your husband saying that?

Do not have sex with your husband (not even with a condom) while he has this outbreak, as your risk of infection is quite high. Even when he doesn't have an outbreak, you also risk infection.

For more information on genital herpes, click here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/genital-herpes/definition

I hope to hear back from you soon!

August 10, 2011 - 11:49am
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