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How long does the virus shed after lesions appear?
up to 3 weeks
How soon after infection do lesions appear?
2-3 days after infection
What is the difference between HSV1 and HSV2?
HSV1=oral, HSV2=genital, although 2 is being seen orally with oral sex
Which type of HSV infection is the most severe?
Shallow painful ulcers with erythematous border
How long does it take for a primary infection to clear up?
Where does HSV hide?
What are sx of recurrent dz?
burning/tingling/pain, painful tender vesicles that last 2-5 days
How is HSV dx?
Giant cells on a Tzanck smear, PCR, or IgG titers (IgM is not that reliable!)
How do you tx an initial outbreak?
Acyclovir or Valacylovir x 7-14 days
How do you tx outbreaks?
Acyclovir and Valacylovir x 2/3d, but you have to tx within hours of feeling a tingling sensation
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