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12weeks-
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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
does anyone know much about herpes 6 ? Is it highly contagious ? is it a deathly illness? i have been tested for it and my results came back positive past infection, and now i am wondering what i should do about it . i know when i was infected by it and have been suffering ever since. its crazy that now it finally should up on my results cause i was tested herpes at least 3 times after the incident and nothing . anyone have any ideas. my ears have been pressured out and i suffered from extreme fatigue and loss of balance for about a month. im finally getting back to normal but still screwy. thanks

12weeks-
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   Posted 9/18/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
guess no one has any input on this

ktp812
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   Posted 9/19/2009 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor called me last week and said my herpes showed up past infection. He said he wasn't going to do anything about it and that most people who are tested show that at one time or another they had been exposed to this. I have no idea when I was...

12weeks-
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   Posted 9/21/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
was it herpes 6 infection or herpes 1 or 2... i never tested positive for 1 or 2 only 6 which i guess is very different ... past infection... was this the first time you were aware that you had been exposed to herpes? thanks for the input goin to doc again tmw

ktp812
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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Not sure which one...this is the first time I was ever told that I had been exposed and had past infection. Going to my doc on Friday so will find out more then..

up2early
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   Posted 1/15/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Dont know if this will help but I found this information on the web:





One of the most recognized syndromes associated with HHV-6 is roseola, also known as exanthem subitum. In this infection, the infant or young child has a few days of high fever, irritability and other symptoms, such as diarrhea and cough. When the fever finally comes down, a rash develops over much of the body, especially in the groin and the neck. Most infants recover uneventfully; however, encephalitis, a severe infection of the brain, is a rare complication of roseola. HHV-6 is also frequently the cause of a syndrome in infants and young children that is even more common than roseola, high fever (without a rash), often resulting in seizures (convulsions).


HHV-6 can also cause encephalitis, leading to coma and brain damage, even in the absence of any other more typical findings of infection, including fever. Studies show that this virus frequently can be found in the spinal fluid of patients with roseola, febrile seizures or encephalitis, including individuals who have no signs or symptoms of brain infection. Often, HHV-6 can be detected in the spinal fluid years after the initial infection, which has caused speculation that a number of neurologic disorders may be due to HHV-6, including many cases of encephalitis and multiple sclerosis.

However, it is very difficult to definitively prove the relationship of HHV-6 to encephalitis in an individual patient, because many people have detectable levels of HHV-6 in their spinal fluid for years without developing encephalitis. While I cannot, of course, discount the possibility that your boyfriend's son had HHV-6 encephalitis, I am not entirely convinced that he did. Of note, herpes simplex virus 1 is a far more common cause of serious encephalitis, and it frequently leaves a patient with severe neurologic problems, even with treatment.


Regardless, you are at virtually no risk of developing encephalitis from contact with your boyfriend. You are very likely immune to HHV-6 already. Even if you were not already immune and you did, by chance, acquire the infection from your boyfriend (HHV-6 is spread through the saliva and respiratory secretions), you would most likely have a mild or even asymptomatic infection. Encephalitis is a very rare complication of HHV-6 infection.
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