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This question is in regards to how HSV1 or HSV2 will "shed"

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This question is in regards ***** ***** HSV1 or HSV2 will "shed" in children presumably infected during birth. The infection sight is on the skin of the torso. It appears as a birthmark, with small, infrequent lesions.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.

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It is not typical for either HSV to affect the torso. However, when there is an HSV infection at any location, the virus will shed during recurrences starting with the onset of symptoms and continuing until the sores have crusted over. If there is uncertainty of whether HSV is the cause of any sores, it would be appropriate to perform a herpes culture of the skin, which is most accurate early in the course of each recurrence. There also are periods of shedding when there are no symptoms, but it is impossible to know when asymptomatic shedding is occurring.

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