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How is genital herpes spead? Other than having sex

How is genital herpes spead? Other than having sex

Any other contact: Cold sores on or near the lips are usually caused by herpes type 1 virus. Most people get them not through sex, so they are not considered an std. However, they can be transmitted through sexual activity. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes type 2 and is considered an std. Through various sexual activities, one can get oral herpes 1 sores on the genitals, and genital herpes 2 on the lips! ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Is it possible to contract genital herpes without having sex?

Is it possible to contract genital herpes without having sex?

Yes.: You can kiss someone with oral "genital, " of type two herpes in their mouth and contract type 2 orally. Hence, the confusion of oral versus genital. I prefer to use the terms type one and two. ...Read more

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How else could you get genital herpes other than having sex with a partner who has it?

How else could you get genital herpes other than having sex with a partner who has it?

No other way: Your are always at risk of sheeding even if not having outbreak. Incubation period could be 2-12 days, in some cases up to 26 days. The only way to avoid std is by abstinence. Latex codom is just a barrier to prevent std, patient can still get or transmit std when wearing a condom. ...Read more

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First genital herpes outbreak. If I have been having sex with the same partner exclusively for over a year, how can I have contracted this only now?

First genital herpes outbreak. If I have been having sex with the same partner exclusively for over a year, how can I have contracted this only now?

No correlation: There is no correlation between infection and visible outbreaks. 90% of people infected with herpes type two, do not have sores or outbreaks. And the others can have no trigger to explain their outbreak. The mystery here that is not included in your question is is the genital herpes actually a new infection with herpes type one and not type two? Did you know your herpes blood test status? ...Read more

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Can you get genital herpes without having sex or oral sex, I have blister like sores but didn't have either of he above?

Can you get genital herpes without having sex or oral sex, I have blister like sores but didn't have either of he above?

Herpes: Unfortunately, herpes is very common. Up to 95% of our population has been exposed to the virus at one point in their lifetime. It is possible to develop herpes even though you haven't has sex. The virus can remain dormant for a long time before showing itself on the skin. Also, there is a possibility you may have something else. It is best if you see your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have HSV 1. If I perform oral sex on a woman and she becomes infected and then we have intercourse can I then get genital herpes?

I have HSV 1. If I perform oral sex on a woman and she becomes infected and then we have intercourse can I then get genital herpes?

No: Hsv 1 is generally considered to be the oral herpes, but as you note it can be transmitted to the genitals of your partner via oral sex. You can not infect yourself with your own herpes virus - and it can not be transmitted back to you from your partner. While your immune system is not able to rid you of the herpes virus, it is quite competent to prevent spread of the virus with-in your body. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to get genital herpes without sexual intercourse?

Yes: Yes, it is possible, if the person who has herpes has active lesions and is in contact with your genital area. ...Read more

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I heard conflicting answers. To get genital herpes you have to come into contact with infected area? Say the infected area is on inner thigh. If I have intercourse w her and never touch the inner thigh. (Covered by a towel) could I still catch it?

I heard conflicting answers. To get genital herpes you have to come into contact with infected area? Say the infected area is on inner thigh. If I have intercourse w her and never touch the inner thigh. (Covered by a towel) could I still catch it?

Possible to get HSV: Visible HSV lesions are infectious but just covering the lesion may not be sufficient to prevent HSV transmission if there is also infectious virus on nearby skin. Avoiding close skin contact when there's a definite HSV outbreak, using condoms at other times & the person taking antiviral meds all significantly reduce HSV transmission. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more