• Disclosing Herpes December 18, 2012
    Disclosing Herpes
    December 18, 2012

    It depends on what type of herpes she has. HSV-1 (oral herpes) can reside in the upper spine (oral herpes) or lower spine (gential herpes). If she has HSV-1 genital herpes and she were shedding (with or without any visible signs) she could pass the virus to you and you would have oral herpes. However, if she has HSV-2 genital herpes, it almost always resides in the lower spine and cannot spread to oral herpes (although have been rare cases of this happening; usually with only one outbreak). 


    70% of all persons are infected by persons without any symptoms, i.e., outbreaks. A condom only provides 30% protection against herpes. Taking an antiviral drug such as Acyclovir only adds another 50% protection against getting herpes. It's very contagious.

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