Is type 1 herpes be transmitted through oral sex? Is that something I have to live with for the rest of my life? My husband had a cold sore and we had oral sex. Now I have a sore on my genitals. I am afraid that this is something I have to live with for t
Herpes . Herpes simplex type i is usually associated with cold sores. Cold sores are common and about half of american have been infected by the virus. However, people usually only intermittently have symptoms. Herpes simplex virus type ii is more often associated with genital lesions. However, there have been some genital cases of herpes reported with herpes simplex type i. I recommend that you have the sore on your genitals evaluated by a doctor to see if it resembles a herpetic lesion. The doctor can take a small sample of the tissue to have it tested for the presence of herpes virus.
Yes, . Yes, herpes type 1 can be passed to genitals with oral sex and vice versa. Unfortunately, herpes is for life, but the lesions and symptoms only come out as episodes usually lasting from a few days to just over week. Studies say approvimately 1 in 5 people on the planet have herpes (and most don't know it). Many people do not know that cold sores are herpes. For more than 99% of your lifetime, you will not have a herpes outbreak. The length of the episodes depends on how long you have had the virus. As a general rule, the longer you have had the virus, the lesser the duration and symptoms when you get an outbreak. Outbreaks occur with stress to the body (e.G, sun, cold, anxiety). Valtrex (valacyclovir) is good to take when you have an outbreak. This lessens the duration and helps prevent subsequent outbreaks in the near future. For healthy adults who have had herpes for years, they find it is mostly annoying. Couple should not have contact when either or both have an outbreak (either on the lips or genitals). The open sores of herpes does increase the risk of std transmission, if the partner has other stds to give. There is a danger of herpes to newborns and so if one has a genital herpes lesion at the time of a vaginal delivery, they will get a c-section (to prevent possible transmission to the baby). This is why at 36 weeks women with a history of genital herpes are put on Valtrex (valacyclovir) to help prevent an episode at the time of delivery. Hope this helps you.