Question: If I have cold sores (herpes simplex 1) but not genital herpes (herpes simplex 2), is it possible for me to transfer the virus to my partner during oral sex; even if I am cold-sore free at the time?
Answer: Unfortunately, yes, even though the chances are very less, either virus — Herpes Simplex Kind 1 (HSV-1) or Herpes Simplex Kind 2 (HSV-2), can infect the mouth or genital area and can be moved from one partner to another even if the infected partner is without any outbreaks at time.
Since there are few quicker ways to damage a relationship than when one associate give the other herpes, lets clear-up some more herpes false information that could save you from providing or getting the gift that keeps on transferring.
You can’t tell if someone has herpes by the way they look, live or act. 80 million People in US have herpes — that’s at least one in six adults, such as that lovely date who didn’t remember to bring some protection.
Intercourse is not the only way herpes is transferred. Herpes is transferred from skin to skin contact. That means you can get herpes (simplex 1 or simplex 2) from the kiss, oral sex, touch on infected area with any part of your body.
Some can have herpes and not even know it. Herpes signs usually develop within two to 20 days after getting the virus, however it could take longer and in some cases (especially women) the recently infected person may remain without signs but still be able to successfully transfer the virus to others.
Herpes can be transferred between breakouts, even when no signs are present. It can also be distribute by without signs people who don’t even know they are infected.
You can get herpes in your eyes, on your fingertips and on other parts of one’s whole body by in contact with an occurrence. Water and soap will destroy the virus on the surface of your skin, however, once you are infected, soap and water will not get rid of herpes blisters and herpes breakouts.
Aside from abstinence, there is no way to prevent yourself from acquiring herpes during closeness with an infected partner. Next to abstinence, using condoms is the most recommended way to prevent acquiring herpes, but it is not 100% effective.
If you suspicious you might have some form of the virus or if you have a partner with herpes, please see your local doctor for a test and medical recommendations.