HIV or human immunodeficiency virus is a virus that is sexually transmitted and affects the body's ability to fight infections. It is a lifelong condition that progresses to a more severe form known as AIDS in the long run.

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Can herpes infection affect the window period of HIV 1 and 2?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding co-infection of HIV with various other diseases like syphilis, herpes 1, herpes 2, gonorrhea, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, chlamydia, CMV, HPV, and molluscum contagiosum. Some time ago, I had a paid unprotected oral sex encounter but vaginal sex was mostly pro...  Read Full »

Dr. Rufiat Kazi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, herpes does not affect the window period for HIV 1 and 2. Yes, it could be if the immune system is compromised. The term window period is used mainly with reference to HIV. Herpes infection per se does not increase the chances of an STI. But the mode of transmiss...  Read Full »

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