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Hi Everyone,

My friend has herpes from kissing a girl when he was a cruise a while ago. he has lost his peripheral his right eye and his whole right half of his face is numb. he said that he has to take a pill everyday. here are my questions about herpes:

1. how did the virus affect his peripheral instead of other "parts?"

2. how did he get it through kissing?

3. is there a cure?

4. can he die?

i also kinda like him, and today was the last day of skool. we had an auction with fake money and i was sitting near him, and he was talking to one of my bffs and 2 popular girls who signed his yearbook saying love you. i'm pretty sure they mean as a friend. he signed my year book, but didn't write a message. also, i have two friends who like to talk to him a lot. i have texted him b4. i want him to ask me out, but how? also, i got my phone taken away, but i might get it back today...maybe...hopefully. thanx for the help!

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1. It's possible to get HSV1 in other places, like your eyes or even your brain. Check out the links on the right for ocular herpes, herpetic whitlow, and encephalitis. They might help shed some light.

2. HSV1 is easily passed by kissing, and while most people end up with nothing more than oral cold sores, your friend was unlucky enough to suffer from other symptoms as well.

3. No.

4. Encephalitis is deadly. I don't know for sure that's what he has, and i'm assuming you'd be better off asking him.

Please keep in mind that if you do decide to date this man, you are putting yourself at risk for HSV. His is most likely type 1, which means you would be MOST likely to present symptoms in the form of cold sores and if you've already experienced cold sores, you have the same virus he has and shouldn't need to worry about transmission.

There are a ton of helpful links on the right, i'd suggest you browse around there.

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Butterfly of the Moment

Hey there,

The majority of people already have type 1 herpes I read so if I were you I'd go and get a blood test to find out myself. I've you've ever had a coldsore you already have herpes (type 1 most likely), and needn't worry about catching it again.

If you like him I say tell him, I love when people are forward with me regarding this. The risk is small if you are careful and avoid sexual contact kissing while he is having an outbreak. And since he is taking suppressive medication, this is suppose to reduce viral shedding which would then reduce your chances of getting it as well. There is always a risk, but if you like him, and he ends up asking you out, you can discuss this when the time comes.

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    • friendlyboy
      Almost certainly that is not herpes. There are a number of diseases that can cause your symptoms, not all of them infectious. If you haven't done so already, go see a doctor as soon as you can.
    • friendlyboy
      Seems likely that you had an asymptomatic infection and now you are having very mild recurrences. Asymptomatic infection is by far the most common case, in particular for HSV1 positive people. It could be a genital reinfection with HSV1, unlikely, or most likely a new HSV2 infection, there is no way to tell without a blood test. It's been long enough for an IGG test but don't bother testing for HSV1, you can already assume you are positive and have been for most of your life. I don't know about how it is where you live, but where I live I don't need to ask any doctor to get tested, I can just go into a clinical lab and order the test for €40. If your test returns negative for HSV2, don't worry about putting her at any risk regarding HSV1, she will have the same risk from anyone else. Acyclovir cream won't do any good, you should stop it (it increases the risk of getting an acyclovir resistant strain). Otherwise, your recurrences are so mild and far apart that it isn't worth it to do any treatment for now, so don't be scared about your health, chances are it'll get better with time. AND ALWAYS WEAR A CONDOM
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