Herpes Simplex Virus is an infection of the skin. This virus is spread through oral, anal, and vaginal sex. A partner typically catches herpes by coming by coming in direct skin-to-skin contact with the virus through a mucous membrane. The most common mucous membranes herpes spreads through would be the penis, vaginal, anus, and mouth. In most cases herpes is spread though unprotected sex. A person may not show any symptoms of the virus. As a result an individual may believe his partner is negative for sexually transmitted diseases. Even if a partner doesn’t have active herpes outbreak the virus may still be on the surface of the skin. If a condom isn’t used that means direct genital-to-genital contact occurred. Even if a condom is used herpes could still spread. There is often an area of the genitals that a condom may not cover. If skin-to-skin contact occurs on that particular area of the skin the virus could rub on a partners skin. The chance of herpes spreading is high whenever unprotected sex occurs. During the heat of the moment a person may not think about catching genital herpes. It’s always important to have a condom if there is a chance that sexual intercourse may occur.
Genital herpes could also spread from kissing and oral sex. HSV-1 and HSV-2 are two strains of herpes. HSV-1 is usually found orally and HSV-2 is often genital herpes. Both strains of herpes could be found orally and genitally. A person with oral HSV-1 usually spreads the virus to a partner when kissing occurs. HSV-1 is so common because there is not a protective barrier when kissing occurs. When kissing occurs direct oral-to-oral contact with oral HSV-1 occurs. A partner with oral HSV-1 could spread the virus to a partner genital if oral sex occurs. If a partner with oral HSV-1 performs oral sex on a partner without genital herpes that would be oral positive to genital negative. However, HSV-1 is genital herpes about one in fifteen herpes cases. A partner with oral HSV-2 is more to give the virus to a partner genitally by performing oral sex, seem HSV-2 is usually genital herpes.
A partner with genital herpes could spread the virus to a partner by having anal or vaginal intercourse. That would be genital HSV-2 positive to genital HSV-2 negative. If a partner without oral herpes performs oral sex on a partner with genital herpes the person performing oral sex could catch oral herpes. That particular situation would be oral negative to genital herpes positive. If a partner has the most common type of genital herpes HSV-2 the virus wouldn’t be likely to spread orally. If a partner has the less common type of genital herpes HSV-1 the virus is likely to spread oral. Seem HSV-1 is typically oral herpes. Dental dam could be used to perform safe oral herpes.
Herpes whitlow is a condition where herpes enters the body though cuts on the fingers or cuticles. This condition is rather uncommon, but everyone should be aware of it. Herpes whitlow is more likely to occur if an individual frequently bites his or her nails. If sexual foreplay occurs the virus could enter the body though an opened cut. If you plan on having sexual foreplay with a partner it’s best not to have small opened cuts on the cuticles or to bite your nails frequently. Even though herpes whitlow was more common among dentist years ago it’s still important to be aware of this conditions. The few people who have herpes whitlow sometimes aren’t aware of this condition.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at least 80% of adults carry the HSV-1 antibodies. The virus is so common because there isn’t any protection when kissing occurs. The body usually weakens the virus so people frequently have very mild or no symptoms of the virus. Herpes rarely causes health risk. Oral herpes causes single cold sores. Children often catch the virus from a family member or friend with oral herpes kissing them on the lips. It’s best to kiss a child on the cheek to prevent a child from catching oral herpes.