Six questions about herpes

It is well known that herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease and can be caused by any sexually active person. Although most carriers of the virus are asymptomatic, we still must be aware that the herpes virus can be transmitted to a sexual partner even you without any symptoms. And you have to know that herpes is incurable, and the virus will accompany all your life after you are infected. Therefore, all of us must understand some common problems related to herpes so that we can take effective measures to prevent it or reduce the chance of contracting the virus. Now, I’ll introduce six common problems with herpes to you:

Firstly: What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by two viruses. And these two viruses are herpes simplex viruses called HSV-1 and HSV-2, respectively.

Secondly: What is oral herpes?

Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 and can cause cold sores or fever herpes around the mouth. However, most people are asymptomatic after infection with the virus. Besides, most people with oral herpes are infected during non-sexual contact with saliva during childhood or adolescence.

Thirdly: Is there a connection between genital herpes and oral herpes?

Oral herpes caused by HSV-1 can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals by oral sex. Thus, oral herpes can become genital herpes under certain conditions.

Fourthly: How common is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is more common in the United States. We know a truth according to a survey, one out of every six people between the ages of 14 and 49 has genital herpes.

Fifthly: How does genital herpes spread?

There are several ways to spread genital herpes:

1. Intercourse with a patient with genital herpes;

2. Anal sex with a patient with genital herpes;

3. Oral sex with patients with genital herpes.

If you do not have herpes, when you are touch with the following items, you may have higher chances of developing herpes virus:

1. A part with herpes;

2. Saliva or oral skin of patients with oral herpes;

3. Genital secretions or genital skin of patients with genital herpes;

Sixthly: How to reduce the risk of genital herpes infection?

If you want to avoid STD infection, there is only one way to avoid it—you need to avoid getting yin, anal or blowjob.

If you are a sexually active person, you can reduce the chance of contracting genital herpes by following these steps:

1. Maintain a long-term, single sexual relationship with a partner who does not have STD (eg, she/he has been tested and the STD test is negative);

2. Use latex condoms correctly every time you have sex.

You need to be aware that latex condoms do not prevent all herpes viruses. And, the herpes virus can be transmitted through the skin where the herpes virus is not infected. For the above reasons, the condom may not completely protect you from the infection of the rash.

If your partner has genital herpes, then you can reduce the risk of genital herpes by the following steps:

1. Let your sexual partner take anti-herpetic drugs every day. (This measure requires your partner to discuss with his or her doctor.)

2. When your partner shows signs of herpes (such as your partner’s herpes episodes), you should avoid getting yin, anal or oral sex with him/her.

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