Weekly Herpes Quiz - Test Your Herpes Knowledge
The HealthCentral Editorial Team | July 31, 2009
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Chicken pox and shingles are cause by herpes.
While the herpes viruses HSV-1 and HSV-2 are known to cause cold sores and genital herpes, there are other viruses in the herpes family that have nothing to do with these symptoms. Chicken pox and shingles are caused by a different kind of herpes virus called the varicella zoster virus.
Genital herpes can only be spread by sexual intercourse when the infected person has visible blisters.
Although it's less common, HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread during sex even when there are no active sores.
Herpes can be spread from mother to baby when she gives birth.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), it's possible for a mother to pass HSV to her child during birth. However, the risk of transmission can be dramatically reduced by various preventive measures, such as having a cesarean delivery if you have an outbreak at the time of delivery.
If my partner has genital herpes and they routinely use a condom during any sexual experience, I am 100 percent protected from the virus.
While condoms are the best way to reduce your risk of getting HSV, they do not provide complete protection because the virus may be present in areas of skin not covered by the condom.
You will have immediate signs of an infection if you have been exposed and contracted herpes.
It takes 2-10 days for symptoms to appear after infection, according to ACOG. However, sometimes people never show symptoms even when they are infected.
After being infected with HSV, I can expect my outbreaks to decrease in frequency and severity over time.
Outbreaks become less frequent after the first year of infection in most people, and they continue to become less frequent over time, according to ACOG.
If you think you have herpes there is no cure, so it`s pointless to seek medical attention.
Seeking treatment from a medical professional can help you get an accurate diagnosis, and your doctor can prescribe medication that can decrease the frequency and severity of your outbreaks. They also can give you tips on how to manage symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission.