Genital Herpes Quiz

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Question 15

Question 1

Answer:  TRUE

About 16% of people aged 14-49 in the U.S. are infected with the herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) that causes genital herpes, but as many as 81% of them have not received the diagnosis.
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Question 2

Answer: 45 million

Genital herpes is very common, infecting at least 45 million people aged 12 and older in the United States.
 

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Question 3

Answer: True

About one in five women between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes caused by HSV-2, while about one in nine men in that same age group are infected.

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Question 4

Answer: False

Genital herpes is caused by a virus, so antibiotics will not help resolve the infection. There is no cure for herpes, but treatment is available to reduce and prevent outbreaks and decrease the risk of transmission to a partner.
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Question 5:

Answer: False

As with other sexually transmitted diseases, herpes can be spread by close contact or sexual activity. It is highly unlikely to be spread by a toilet seat or other objects.
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Question 6

Answer: True

Genital herpes can be transmitted even if the infected partner has no symptoms or visible signs or doesn’t know he or she is infected.
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Question 7

Answer: False

Washing the genital area doesn’t help prevent any sexually transmitted disease (STD), including herpes. The best way to prevent any STD is to abstain from sex or engage in sex only with someone you know is not infected. Condoms are not guaranteed to prevent infection, but research has shown that they provide some protection.

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Question 8

Answer: True

The estimated number of pregnant women infected with HSV-2 is 880,000. Most transmission to newborns occurs during vaginal delivery. If a woman had genital herpes before getting pregnant, her baby may be infected but the chance is very low (less than 1%). However the risk of infecting the baby is much higher (25% to 50%) when a woman is newly infected late in pregnancy.

If you are pregnant and think you may be infected, tell your doctor right away. Women with HSV-2 are examined carefully for any symptoms before giving birth. If sores or signs that an outbreak is coming or are present at the time of delivery, the baby may be delivered by cesarean section (C-section).
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Question 9

Answer: True

To find out if you have genital herpes, a doctor can take a sample from a sore and test it in the laboratory. There is also a blood test that looks for antibodies to the virus that your immune system would have made. HSV-2 almost always infects the genitals, so if antibodies to HSV-2 are detected in your blood, you probably have genital herpes.

A blood test that shows antibodies to HSV-1 means you could have genital or oral herpes. That’s because oral herpes, typically caused by HSV-1, can be spread to the genitals during oral sex.
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Question 10

Answer: All of the above

When a person is first infected with the herpes virus, if symptoms occur they usually develop within the first two weeks of virus transmission. Symptoms can include fever and flu-like symptoms, genital itching, burning and discomfort, vaginal discharge, swollen lymph nodes and a feeling of abdominal pressure.
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Question 11

Answer: Within two to four weeks.

The classic symptom of genital herpes is small fluid-filled blisters that break, forming painful sores that crust and heal. These may appear four to seven days after the initial virus transmission.
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Question 12

Answer:  Perspiration

Some commonly reported triggers to genital herpes outbreaks include stress, illness, surgery, vigorous sex, diet and menstrual periods.
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Question 13

Answer: False

Genital herpes typically causes several outbreaks (four or five) within a year of the first outbreak, with fewer and less severe outbreaks over time.
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Question 14

Answer:  Spinal cord

Once inside the body, HSV-2 travels to the nerve roots near the spinal cord and settles there permanently.
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Question 15

Answer:  Prodrome

About half the people who have recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes feel an outbreak coming a few hours to a couple of days before it happens. They may feel tingling, burning, itching, numbness, tenderness or pain where the blisters are going to appear. This is called the prodrome.