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Jul-11-16, 10:01 AM (CST)
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"Shedding - parts other then private"
 
   Have studies shown that incidence of viral shedding is lower from finger, arm, leg, etc than from genital area?


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1. "Shedding"
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Shedding is confined to the dermatome served by the ganglia that has the infection. Ok, so there are some medical terms being thrown out there that may need explanation. Dermatome is an area of skin and ganglia is a nerve bundle that is the "Neurological Central Office" for a particular part of the body. In the case of a genital herpes infection, that ganglia is the sacral ganglia located near the base of the spine.

So, if you are genitally infected, the area of possible shedding is what we generally consider as the "private" area, front and rear.

If your question is whether infections that have taken place in areas other then genitally shed less, I am not aware of any studies, but perhaps some of our more medically oriented folks can comment.

I think, too, that it might depend on whether the infection elsewhere is type 1 or type 2. As a rule of thumb, infections outside the genital area with type 2, seem to be less troublesome, but I know of no hard data on that. In my case, I have a type 2 infection on my left hand as confirmed by a type specific culture. In over 20 years of having it, I have had only one recurrence.

I hope this helps.


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Oct-26-16, 04:24 PM (CST)
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2. "RE: Shedding"
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   Hi Rajah, I could really use your advice on this - I have positive HSv2 IGG test, but all swabs vaginally came negative. I had an oral outbreak last week after sexual encounter with new partner. How do I know which virus was responsible for oral outbreak? Swabs come negative most times can you get infected in other body parts by herpes virus? Other than genitals and mouth? Am I exposing my kids to that risk if I am infected both ways. How do I minimize this risk.


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3. "As I explained above..."
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an HSV infection does not spread from one area to another, by area, see the discussion above regarding dermatomes. In other words, if you are infected genitally, then the virus does not spread through your system to, say, your mouth area.

When you say swabs come negative most times, are you saying that you had some swabs that were positive? Positive swab results are to be believed and should indicate the general infected area.


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