In what way is genital herpes transmitted?

Transmission. Most cases of genital herpes are due to herpes simplex virus -2 (hsv-2). Hsv -2 can be spread through vaginal, anal ; oral sex. The herpes simplex virus-1 can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact.

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What is a good way to check if I have genital herpes?

Exam and blood test. A blood test can tell if you have antibodies to HSV 1 and/or HSV 2. If positive, you have HSV in your nerve roots, but both viruses can be either oral or genital. An exam by the doctor when you are having sxs of an ulcer, itching, or burning can verify if the location is genital. A swab can be done for a PCR test of an active lesion, but swabs are not 100% accurate. Read more...

If you sit on a toilet seat right after someone with genital herpes used it, can you catch it that way?

It's possible but .. it is possible but not likely to contract herpes from a toilet seat. The virus drys out in minutes so unless you sit down immediately afterwards, you should be fine. For those heavily used toilets, you can put down the seat covers they usually offer on the side of the stall. Read more...

Is there a way to determine how long a person has had genital herpes after finding out about the infectio?

No. No, unless you saw your doctor and had a blood test the first time you had an ulcer and the antibody test only showed the acute form, IgM. That would suggest you were infected sometime in the prior 6 weeks. After that point, IgM goes away and the permanent antibody, IgG, develops. If the test shows only IgG, then there is no way to know. Read more...

How can herpes be passed on from a woman to another woman? Is there a way to get genital herpes through oral sex if I have it and she does not?

Depends on immunity. If immune to Herpes type 1 she should not be able to catch type 1 again, but may have outbreaks at locations where she had it originally. If immune to type 2 she should not be able to catch type 2 again, but may have outbreaks at locations where she had it originally. If NOT immune to type 1, she can catch type 1; if NOT immune to type 2, she can catch type 2; at locations where she is exposed. Read more...

What causes genital herpes?

A virus. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. It can occur when you have unprotected sex with a partner that has herpes and is actively shedding the virus. The tricky part is that people can shed virus without having any symptoms. Condoms help prevent the transmission. Read more...
An STD caused by HSV. Genital herpes is only acquired from sexual contact. There are two viruses, herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV1, HSV2). Each causes about half of all new genital herpes infections. HSV1 almost always is acquired by oral sex, HSV2 almost always by intercourse. Other important differences are HSV2 usually causes more frequent outbreaks and more often transmitted sexually to partners. Read more...

How common is genital herpes?

Very common. . Millions of people have this but many ( often, men), don't know they have it. Read more...
... About 1 in 6 people have genital herpes. The centers for disease control estimates that about 776, 000 people acquire genital herpes each year in the United States. Read more...

How can I get genital herpes?

... You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. Read more...