Friday, May 26, 2017

How Is Herpes (Oral or Genital) Spread?

How Is Herpes (Oral or Genital) Spread?

HSV-1 is usually passed from person to person by kissing. HSV-1 can also spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex (fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus). If this happens, it becomes a case of genital herpes.

HSV-2 is most often passed by vaginal sex and anal sex. But just as HSV-1 can infect the genitals and cause genital herpes, HSV-2 can pass from one person's genitals to another person's mouth, resulting in oral herpes.

HSV-2 cannot survive long on a non-living surface, so there is no real risk of getting it from a toilet seat or hot tub, for example.

Herpes can spread even when there are no visible symptoms present! About 80% people have hsv1 and 16% people have hsv2, yet 85% of people who have herpes have no clue. One of the reasons is because the most common symptom is no symptoms at all. As well as the fact herpes is not included in regular std panels. And yes, cold sores are herpes and it is possible to contract genital herpes from oral sex, even if your partner does not have an active cold sore. This is why it is so so important to 
1) ask to be tested for herpes if you think you might have come in contact with it and 
2) always disclose your STI status to your partners, which means if you have ever gotten a cold sore you need to inform your partner of this.

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