This is a blog where you are going to find the best answer to 24 common questions about living with herpes. Quick search for the answer to your question(s):
Q1: How to live with herpes?
A: Herpes Simplex is manageable and it can definitely be controlled and suppressed by means of anti-viral medicines and the immune mechanism of your body. Herpes Simplex cannot be categorized as a life threatening situation and it will also not result in severe health problems later in life. You can continue to live a happy and satisfactory life with both forms of Herpes Simplex Type 1 and 2. Also, you are able to cope with this viral condition and manage its transmission rates and symptoms. [Full Answer]
Q2: How do you get herpes?
A: You get herpes after you come into contact with Herpes Simplex Virus 1 or Herpes Simplex Virus 2.
You could have caught the herpes virus as a child. Children have a tendency of catching the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 which spreads by skin contact with adults who may have carried the virus. It has to be remembered that adults do not need to have sores for spreading the herpes virus. Children can get the virus from infected adults as a result of a kiss from them or eating from the same utensils or sharing towels.
Herpes Simplex Virus 2 is contracted mainly through sexual activity and contact. There is a higher chance of catching the genital herpes if a person has had multiple partners or came into sexual contact with a person who has been affected by sexually transmitted diseases. [Full Answer]
Q3: How do you know if you have herpes?
A: It is hard to tell at first look. The symptoms of genital herpes may be a cluster of tiny blisters that are filled with fluid; they break and form into sores that are painful. They will heal after a fortnight or so. Areas that get affected with genital herpes are your vagina, vulva, penis, butts and thighs. [Full Answer]
Q4: How to tell your partner if you have herpes?
A: What is there to hide when you have genital or oral herpes? It is wiser to inform your partner that you have contracted the herpes virus. All you need to do is to select the right time to tell him or her and put it across in such a way that it does not make you both uncomfortable. When you come out clean with it, there is a good chance that everything will work out well for both of you. [Full Answer]
Q5: Can you have sex with herpes?
A: When you contract oral or genital herpes, there is no need to put a full stop to your sex life. You can still have a sex life that is fulfilling enough even if you have HSV-1 or HSV-2. It all boils down to being careful about what you have to do in your present situation. [Full Answer]
Q6: Do condoms prevent herpes?
A: The use of condoms will not prevent herpes virus from spreading but it will significantly decrease the chances of transmission of the herpes virus during the act of sexual intercourse. [Full Answer]
Q7: How to date with herpes?
A: When you know that you have the herpes virus, you may not feel that is the end of the world for you when it comes to the dating ritual. There is no need for you to feel low about it or stop seeking fun and love. Oral or genital herpes does not take away your natural qualities that attract people to you in the first place. You will continue to be popular. The first thing that you will have to realize when you catch the herpes virus is that it is a very common thing and almost one out of five adults may be affected by this virus. [Full Answer]
Q8: Is there a dating website for people with herpes?
A: Yes! There are various dating websites for people who have the herpes virus so that they can keep in touch with each other online and look for love. [Full Answer]
Q9: How many people have herpes?
A: Herpes Simplex Virus affects many people across the whole world. Five hundred and thirty six million people have the herpes virus infection in the world. A survey has indicated that almost twenty four million new cases of the virus have been reported every year since the last decade. This is as per the global estimate of prevalence and the incidence of herpes simplex virus. [Full Answer]
Q10: What are the symptoms of herpes?
A: People who are affected by the herpes virus may experience a tingling sensation on the areas that get infected. They may also have a burning sensation on the skin around the infected area and it will start to itch. The skin will tingle before the blisters break out. They are filled with a milky fluid and after the fluid dries, they turn into sores. The blisters will break open after some time and the fluid will ooze out to form a crust before they heal. On the first occasion, the sores may appear after a couple of days after the virus spreads and may last for up to three weeks. [Full Answer]
Q11: How to test for herpes?
A: When you get infected by the herpes virus initially, it is better to get the confirmation through one of several tests: PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Blood Test, Cell Culture or Antibody Test. Also, you may give online herpes testing services a try. [Full Answer]
Q12: Is there a blood test for herpes?
A: Yes, there is a blood test that is made available for people who want to check if they have contracted the herpes virus. This blood test traces out the antibodies to the herpes virus. The antibodies are created by your body’s immune system if there is an infection in the body. [Full Answer]
Q13: What causes herpes outbreaks?
A: There are various factors that can trigger a herpes outbreak such as Influenza, Ultraviolet rays of the sun, Severe Trauma or Surgery and even more. [Full Answer]
Q14: How long do herpes outbreaks last?
A: The initial outbreak of the herpes virus is generally the strongest and it can last for a couple of weeks (usually 2-3 weeks) based on various factors. [Full Answer]
Q15: How to prevent herpes outbreaks?
A: There are three main causes of a herpes outbreak. They are friction during sexual contact, direct impact of ultra violet rays of the sun and going through extreme stress for the outbreak to recur. So you have to pay special attention to those factors in order to avoid and prevent herpes outbreaks. [Full Answer]
Q16: Is there a cure for herpes?
A: As of now, there is no permanent cure for the Herpes Simplex Virus. However, there is encouraging news about a new drug that is under the process of being manufactured that can provide a permanent cure in the future. [Full Answer]
Q17: How to treat herpes at home?
A: You are able to treat herpes sores at home. Natural remedies and medicines are available to treat the virus. There are some of the natural remedies such as: Olive Leaf Extract, Ice Pack, Baking Soda and more. [Full Answer]
Q18: How to cure herpes naturally?
A: It is impossible today to cure Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, however, you can control the infection you get from both oral and genital types of herpes by following some natural cure therapies.
Natural remedies for herpes include supplements and herbs apart from maintaining a balanced diet. Several people have tried natural home remedies that have proven effective over a period of time. [Full Answer]
Q19: Are there any health foods for people with herpes?
A: Yes! There are several natural and healthy foods for people to curb the virus.
Research has concluded that dietary supplements which are rich in L-Lysine are very effective in curbing the herpes virus. Lysine inhibits the ability of the virus to multiply. It blocks down the biological availability of another amino acid, arginine and this prevents the virus from spreading and replicating. Researchers found that the lysine levels in the diet helped reduce the frequency of the outbreaks of cold sores. [Full Answer]
Q20: Can you donate blood if you have herpes?
A: Yes! You can donate blood when you suffer with herpes.
People who suffer with genital, oral herpes and Chlamydia can donate blood when they feel healthy. The people who are barred are those who suffer with gonorrhea or syphilis. They have to wait for one full year after their treatment before they can donate blood. [Full Answer]
Q21: Can you get herpes from kissing?
A: What is the likelihood of you catching Herpes Simplex Virus 1 through lip kissing or French kissing in the absence of the visibility of cold sores?
It is a low probability but the possibility does exist.
There is a misconception about oral herpes spreading when you make contact with the saliva. It is actually spread by skin contact where the herpes virus is existent.
However, it is not impossible that you can get Herpes Simplex Virus 1 from kissing. [Full Answer]
Q22: Can you get herpes from oral sex?
A: Yes! Herpes Simplex Virus can spread from your mouth to your partner’s genitals during the performance of oral sex activities such as analingus, cunnilingus or fellatio. It becomes a situation where it can be described technically as genital herpes. [Full Answer]
Q23: Can you get herpes from a toilet seat?
A: Researchers and physicians have answered this question by confirming with their studies that there are nil chances of contracting Herpes Simplex Virus 2 from a toilet seat. They have reported that it is nearly impossible to get an infection from Herpes Simplex Virus 2 through any contact with toilet seats and other objects such as towels that are used by a person who is infected with this virus. [Full Answer]
Q24: Can you get herpes from sharing a drink?
A: Yes! It is theoretically possible that you can get herpes from sharing a drink but it is not very likely.
You can get Herpes Simplex Virus 1 when you share a drink with a person who has cold sores with an active virus, which has been contracted recently, at the moment when you are sharing it. The reason why the probability of catching the virus becomes minimal is because it cannot last for more than few seconds on any object such as a glass, tumbler or a utensil. [Full Answer]