The two most common ways that herpes transmission can occur is through kissing and vaginal intercourse. Oral sex can also transmit herpes. Unfortunately the transmission of herpes does not just end with those three ways.
Herpes simplex virus is most easily spread when there is direct contact with open sores or blisters. But herpes infection can also be spread when there are no visible skin legions. It is also possible to self-infect herpes to various parts of your body. In order to protect yourself and your loved ones you will need to know the various methods that the herpes virus can be transmitted.
If you are a carrier of herpes simplex 1 or herpes simplex 2 it is important to remember that transmission can occur even if you have no signs of a visible outbreak. Typically it is best to just avoid skin-to-skin contact when lesions are present. It is important to take necessary precautions in between outbreaks to avoid transmission of the virus. Use a condom during intercourse and be sure that the infected skin is covered. If you have a visible cold sore, avoid kissing anybody especially children and their weakened immune system.
It is estimated that the herpes virus newly infects a million people a year. The primary reason for this is people not recognizing that they have herpes. Symptoms often go unnoticed and untreated. There are many ways that you can manage your herpes outbreaks without having to resort to prescription drugs and their side effects.
You can even self-infect yourself with the herpes virus; you touch an affected area and then by touching an unaffected area you could have possibly transmitted the virus. It is completely necessary to wash your hands after coming into contact with sores.
If you do not wash your hands you run the risk of infecting anybody around you. Kids are very susceptible because their immune system is not as strong as adults. If you have children avoid touching their eyes or face. Herpes in the eye(s) is called ocular herpes.
It is possible for a newborn baby to become infected with the herpes virus from an infected mother. Doctor’s may request a test to be done while the mother is in labor to make sure that she does not have herpes. If a mother is infected with herpes she should have a caesarian section to protect a baby from coming into contact with the virus.
There are endless ways to transmit the herpes virus. If you are knowingly carrying the virus it is important that you take precautions and become educated on all the ways that you can transmit the virus.
It is necessary to protect those around you and even yourself. The good news is that it is possible to still maintain an active personal life. If you can control your outbreaks than you can live your life to it’s fullest.
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