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How is Herpes Transmitted

How is Herpes Transmitted?

Herpes is transmitted through sexual contact with someone who is infected.  Your partner can transmit it to you during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.  If your partner has a cold sore, it’s also possible to be infected during oral sex.

To complicate matters, many people are unaware that they have even been infected.  They may have no symptoms or the symptoms might be so mild that they are brushed aside, but it is important to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.   Often he or she will be able to give you a diagnosis just by looking at the sores, but they may also take a sample of the sore or your blood to be sure.  Herpes is a virus that you will have for the rest of your life so it is important to detect it early.  If you suspect you have been infected, see your doctor as soon as possible.

It may be tempting to keep the fact that you have herpes to yourself, but it important to share this information with your partner to help prevent the transmission it to him or her.  There are many great treatment options available however, they do not cure herpes.

There are a few precautions that can be taken to prevent the transmission of herpes:

  • Avoid sexual contact during an outbreak, especially when there are visible sores
  • Hand washing – the virus can be transmitted by touching the genitals and then a different body part
  • Being in a long-term monogamous relationship with a partner that has been tested and is free of herpes
  • Using latex condoms every time, even during oral sex
  • Be honest and have conversations often with your partner

Abstinence is the best way to prevent the transmission of herpes.

It is very important to see a doctor is you suspect you have been infected with herpes.  While there might not be a cure, there are many treatments available to lessen the severity and frequency of outbreaks.

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