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Despite the fact that genital herpes affects millions of people directly, it also affects millions of others indirectly. People who don't have genital herpes may look to the person who does for answers. The trouble is, many of the people with the condition are confused or ill-informed themselves. So why is genital herpes such a puzzle?
There are some straight answers about the herpes virus but there are also mysteries. Why, for example, does herpes act differently in different cases? How is it possible that some people get the virus after just one sexual encounter whilst others, who have been together for years, have never passed it from one person to the other? Why do some people only ever get one or two outbreaks while others seem to get them all the time?
For some people the puzzle begins at the point of diagnosis. Perhaps they feel some discomfort and itching or stinging around the genitals. Maybe they see a bump or two, but it's enough to encourage a visit to the do...
Alternative Names Cold sore; Fever blister; Herpes simplex - oral; Oral herpes simplex Prevention Avoid direct contact with herpes sores. Minimize the risk of indirect spread by thoroughly washing items such as towels in hot (preferably boiling) water before reuse. Do not share items with an infected person, especially when they have herpes lesions. Avoid triggers (especially sun exposure) if you are prone to oral herpes. Avoid performing oral sex when you have active herpes lesions on or near your mouth and avoid receiving oral sex from someone who has oral or genital herpes lesions. Condoms can help reduce, but do not entirely eliminate, the risk of catching herpes from oral or genital sex with an infected person. Both oral and genital herpes viruses can sometimes be transmitted even when the person does not have active lesions. References Haile-Mariam T, Polis MA. Viral illnesses. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . ...
News that increasing numbers of Australians practice oral sex brought a warning from The New Zealand Herpes Foundation about mouth-to-genital transmission. Research conducted in New Zealand has established that one in every three cases of genital herpes is caused by the Type-1 virus, commonly associated with cold sores.
According to sexual health professor Basil Donovan of the University of New South Wales, Australia, 90 percent of people under the age of 30 try oral sex. "Among teenagers it's the new abstinence in a Clintonesque sense, because it's a way of having sex without having sex and there are contraceptive advantages too," Donovan said.
Dr. Juliet Richters, author of the book Doing it Down Under, sees feminism as the engine of change. Richters says that women are more confident than ever before about saying what they want from a sexual relationship. Professor Donovan says that oral sex is now far more commonplace with heterosexual couples in long-term relationsh...
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