Find out if you have herpes by examining high risk behaviors, recognizing symptoms and getting tested for STDs. You may not know that you’ve been exposed to the disease, so pay particular attention to any symptoms you start to develop. You need to tell your doctor if you have ever had symptoms of, been exposed to, or been diagnosed with genital herpes. Because of this, most people who have herpes do not know it. You can get herpes even if you can’t see it. Genital herpes can be transmitted sexually both when a person has noticiable symptoms and when they don’t. Herpes is usually not harmful, but it can make it easier for you to receive HIV if you’re exposed.
And as to your third, we are no closer to a cure as far as I know. If you’re a male and have herpes can it effect your erection and can you still have children without spreading herpes to your partner? Dr Rob’s Response:. Herpes has been seriously stigmatized for years, but the fact is, if you don’t have one type of herpes already, you’re very likely to be exposed to it eventually. In some cases, those suffering from herpes will not show any symptoms, or symptoms may be less severe. It is important to check for symptoms often or have yourself tested if you know you have been exposed to the disease so you do not accidentally spread the virus to others.
Because although a genital herpes diagnosis may not be the most welcoming news, there are truly much worse health conditions to have. Your doctor will be able to tell if you have it simply by looking at the affected area. What you need to know about herpes. The test may not be useful because it cannot tell you if you will ever have an outbreak or if you do, where on your body sores will appear. The initial infection may cause no symptoms or mouth ulcers. The virus remains in the nerve tissue of the face. Take precautions to avoid infecting others (see Prevention). Expectations (prognosis). Avoid precipitating causes (especially sun exposure) if prone to oral herpes.
If you don’t know the difference, you’ll likely choose the wrong treatment. It would be particularly effective if you have not been taking vitamin D regularly and have not had frequent exposure to the sun. Do not have oral sex if you have oral herpes, especially if you have blisters. You can spread the virus to the genitals. The test for herpes is not reliable if the sores have healed or are several days old. The blood tests can only tell if you have been exposed to herpes sometime in your lifetime. There is no cure for herpes. But you can take medicine to prevent outbreaks and to lower your risk of passing genital herpes to your partner. (See separate leaflet called Cold Sores for details.). Note: if you have herpes simplex eye infection, you should not wear contact lenses until 24 hours after your symptoms and the infection have completely gone away.