Can you have herpes but never even know it? And how do you navigate the maze of sex and dating when you know you are infected with herpes? Those are among the questions recently posed by readers of the Consults blog. Here, Dr. Peter A.
Dating, Sex and Herpes
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Dating with a cold sore can embarrassing. But embarrassment shouldn't stop you from telling a sexual partner if you feel one coming on or there is one hidden behind your lip. Even if you're on the mend, cold sores are highly contagious and may do more than just transmit the infection to your partner. It may increase your risk of a sexually transmitted disease STD. Cold sores are usually caused by herpes simplex virus-1 HSV It is the cousin of herpes simplex virus-1 HSV-2 , which is primarily associated with genital herpes. About 65 percent of the world's population under 50 has HSV
How To Tell Someone You Have Herpes
Most people, men and women alike, fear dating someone with herpes. Oral herpes is also called herpes labialis, or what you probably know as cold sores or fever blisters. It is an infection of the mouth, lips, gums, tongue, inside the cheeks, and even the face and neck, due to the type 1 herpes simplex virus HSV Most people indeed acquire genital herpes HSV-2 during sexual intercourse, but you can get it to from engaging in oral sex.
It took years for Davis, founder of The STD Project , which encourages awareness and acceptance of various sexually transmitted diseases, and spokesperson for Positive Singles , a dating site for people with STDs, to come to terms with the diagnosis she got at age When she was diagnosed with herpes almost three years ago, Whitney Carlson, 29, a social media editor in Chicago, had a similar reaction. The infection, which is caused by the herpes simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2 viruses and passed via skin-to-skin contact, can show up as a cluster of sores on the mouth area or genitals. Around two-thirds of people worldwide under age 50 have herpes simplex 1, according to the World Health Organization , and around one in every six Americans between ages 14 and 49 has genital herpes, usually caused by herpes simplex 2, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both Davis and Carlson eventually moved past their initial panic and saw herpes for what it is: