It is important to know that even without signs of the disease, it can still spread to sexual partners. You can get herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the disease. If you are pregnant and have genital herpes, it is even more important for you to go to prenatal care visits. However, there are medicines that can prevent or shorten outbreaks. How do you get genital herpes? What should I do if I have genital herpes? Herpes (both oral & genital) can be spread even when there are no symptoms or sores. Is it still ok to kiss someone even if you don’t have an outbreak or symptoms? Yes you can give it to anyone that you have sex with even if you don’t have sores. Can your partner get it without either one of you never having an outbreak.
There are two different types of herpes virus that cause genital herpes HSV-1 and HSV-2. It can cause sores in the genital area and is transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal sex, especially from unprotected sex when infected skin touches the vaginal, oral, or anal area. Because the virus does not live outside the body for long, you cannot catch genital herpes from an object, such as a toilet seat. However, if a person does have an outbreak, the symptoms can cause significant discomfort. You can get genital herpes if you have sexual contact with a partner who is infected with herpes, or if a partner who has an active cold sore performs oral sex on you. This is because a newly infected mother does not have antibodies against the herpes virus, so there is no natural protection for the baby during birth. Even if HSV is active in the birth canal during delivery, the antibodies help protect the baby from contracting HSV. After getting infected, most people have recurrent episodes of genital ulcers for several years. Genital herpes can be spread even when there are no visible ulcers or blisters. It is also possible for a person to develop genital herpes after exposure to a cold sore on an infected person’s lip during oral sex; in this case, genital herpes may be due to infection with HSV type 1. If you have frequent outbreaks, severe symptoms, or want to avoid infecting a sexual partner, suppressive treatment might be recommended.
Herpes is most easily spread when there are open sores, but it can also be spread before the blisters actually form or even from people with no symptoms. The first infection with HSV-1 or oral herpes often causes no symptoms but it may cause sores in the mouth around the teeth and gums ( gingivostomatitis ). Cold sores can cause genital herpes through oral sex. If you have oral herpes, you should avoid contact with newborn babies. Symptoms usually go away within 2-3 weeks; even faster if you are treated with medication. Unlike a flu virus that you can get through the air, herpes spreads by direct contact, that is, directly from the site of infection to the site of contact. For example, if you have a cold sore and kiss someone, you can transfer the virus to their mouth. If no virus is found in the birth canal and there are no symptoms or signs of an outbreak, a vaginal delivery is considered safe. Although there is no cure for genital herpes, an infected person can take steps to prevent spreading the disease, and can continue to have a normal sex life. Kissing, using the same eating utensils, sharing personal items (such as a razor), and receiving oral sex from someone who has HSV-1 can cause you to contract the virus. Avoid having sex if you or your partner has an outbreak or active infection of herpes. Use or have your partner use a latex condom, even when sores are not visible.
Both can be transmitted by vaginal intercourse, oral sex and rectal intercourse. Herpes simplex infections are characterized by three phases: an initial infection; latency, when the viral infection shows no symptoms; and recurrence. There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV I and HSV II. HSV I is the cause of oral herpes, or cold sores. If you have genital HSV II, you will not get HSV II at another site in your body. The body produces antibodies that protect other parts of your body from infection. Even during this first outbreak, the infection is usually limited to one part of the body. If there is virus on the place where you get your symptoms, it may be passed on see What is asymptomatic shedding? There may be a tingly or itchy feeling at the place where this is happening. Cold sores on the mouth can spread the virus to the genitals during oral sex. You can pass on herpes to someone even when you have no visible blisters or sores. This is most serious in women who have their first symptoms of herpes just before giving birth. You may feel generally unwell as if you are getting the flu, then small blisters appear. Any skin-to-skin touching with infected areas can pass along herpes, even if the person who has herpes doesn’t have any visible sores or other symptoms. Oral herpes, an infection of the lips, mouth or gums that causes blisters, can be spread from the mouth to the genital area during oral sex. But many people who have herpes get blisters or sores on their lips, inside the mouth, or on or inside the vagina, penis, thighs, or buttocks. No once you have herpes, you have the virus for the rest of your life. Once the virus gets into your body, it infects healthy cells. But there are to treat herpes that can lower the number of herpes outbreaks you have. And since herpes is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, you can contract herpes even if you don’t have intercourse.
Go to your doctor and get tested. A doctor may take a sample from what appears to be a genital herpes sore and send it to a lab for testing. A blood test that shows antibodies to the other type of herpes virus, HSV-1, means you could have genital or oral herpes. Even if the HSV infection is not currently causing signs and symptoms, it may cause symptoms later. Although there is not yet a cure for herpes, appropriate treatment is effective in helping to control the disease. Also, if you have a cold sore and put your mouth on your partner’s genitals (oral sex), you can give your partner genital herpes. How can I avoid getting herpes? Fact: A person can spread the virus even when there is no an outbreak. Cold sores can not be transferred to the genital area during oral sex. Myth: If you are in a monogamous relationship and get genital herpes, your partner must be cheating on you. Even when you are not having an outbreak you can spread this STD to your partner. You can also get genital herpes from receiving oral sex from someone who has a cold sore. If you get herpes from someone with a cold sore, the outbreaks are usually not as severe, and many times you won’t get the sores again. However, there are medications that can reduce the number of outbreaks you get, ease the symptoms, make the time you have the outbreak shorter, and reduce the chance that you can infect others.
Even though there is no cure, you can minimize discomfort and transmission. A: There are many myths and misunderstandings about cold sores. Get tested soon if you have sores so you can access treatment quickly. Genital herpes is passed on via sex (vaginal, anal and oral), close genital contact and through sharing sex toys. If you are experiencing a recurrent outbreak, you will only be asked to take antiviral tablets if your symptoms are severe. But it can spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex. You are most likely to get herpes if you touch the skin of someone who has herpes sores, blisters, or a rash. But the virus can still be spread, even when no sores or other symptoms are present. Before the blisters appear, there may be tingling, burning, itching, or pain at the site where the blisters will appear. Most people get genital herpes by having sex with someone who has the virus. You can also get oral lesions (mouth sores) from HSV-2. Use a condom at all other times, because some people with herpes can transmit the virus through their skin if the infection is active even when they don’t have any sores. If you are having an outbreak, the doctor can diagnose herpes either through visual inspection or through a sample from the sore. Those spreading the virus may not know they are even infected because they’ve never been diagnosed or tested or show any symptoms sometimes. So there are a bunch of different human herpes viruses. And the problem we get into is most people feel, well, if I’m not having symptoms, I don’t have to worry about it. And can you spread genital herpes by having oral sex? The highest risk of transmitting herpes is during an outbreak. A blister or fever sore along the mouth could signal a less dangerous form of herpes that can still spread to the genitals through oral sex. Even if there are no troublesome symptoms, knowing that you carry the virus can help you take precautions to prevent infecting others who may suffer the ill effects. You can catch herpes through oral sex or intercourse, as well as skin-to-skin contact where the virus sheds.