I was just diagnosed with HSV 2. Can I pass HSV2 by kissing someone or by giving oral sex? Can I give it to someone just by rubbing body parts together (what they call dry humping) without having sex? I am now on Valtrex, what else can I use besides condoms to prevent transmission? HSV is a virus that is transmitted by infected body fluids. Mouth to mouth kissing isn’t likely to transmit HSV2. Oral sex can transmit disease but it is rare in the absence of an outbreak. Dry humping, where there is genital contact without penetration is unlikely to lead to disease transmission as long as there is a barrier in place, however, there can be ejaculate and vaginal secretions during dry humping -- both of which can have virus in it -- even in the absence of an outbreak. People with herpes can reduce the risk of transmission by using condoms and you can reduce the risk further by taking suppressive therapy . Important: We hope you...
I found out 2 months ago that I have genital herpes. My concern is that I’ve never had an outbreak. How do I keep from spreading this to my 6 year old son if I don’t realize that I’m shedding via a towel or through my sheets? Sometimes he sleeps in the bed with me. Can he get it? Genital herpes is spread through direct skin to skin contact. In other words, an infecteda rea of the body needs to come in contact with the mucous membrane (mouth or genitals) of an infected person. That’s why it’s fairly easy to spread the oral herpes virus (through kissing), but it requires much more intimate contact to spread genital herpes. The virus is fragile and can’t live on sheets, clothing, towels or toilets. Important: We hope you find this general medical and health information useful,but this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medicaladvice you receive from your doctor. Forall personal medical and health matters, i...
1. Practice good hygiene. Keep your body clean, wash your hands
frequently and try to avoid touching the sores.
2. Take salt baths. This method can clean, dry and ease the pain
of blisters and sores. Mix a few tablespoons of salt in a shallow
3. Cool the affected area. Applying ice directly to the sores or
drying the area with a blow dryer on the cool setting can offer
4. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing reduces
discomfort and promotes healing of the sores. Wear cotton, rather
than synthetic underwear.
5. Wear sun block. Keeping your skin protected can help prevent
the recurrence of HSV-1.
6. Urinate in a cool bath or shower. If you experience painful
urination, this process dilutes the urine and prevents burning the
7. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water each day.
8. Practice abstinence when you are experiencing symptoms of
herpes. Help prevent the spread of herpes by avoiding sexual
activity when you are experiencing any symptoms, including
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