How do you get herpes?

How do you get herpes?

This is a pretty innocent question that is asked by a lot of people. You cannot blame them for asking, there are many people who are not aware of what the disease is about or how it is passed on from person to person. You also cannot blame them for being a little worried about ever getting this disease so you can understand why they would ask this question.

So how does someone get infected with herpes?

While this seems like a very easy question to answer, it is really just not that simple. There are many ways of getting the virus into your body. This is why it is very important to know the different ways of getting infected so you can take some precautions and reduce the risk of getting the virus into your body.

Here are some of the more common ways of getting the disease.

Sexual Intercourse

Perhaps the most well-known way of getting the disease is through sexual intercourse. People who have unprotected sex can really be at risk of getting the disease. Everyone who is aware of herpes knows that this is possibly the easiest way to get the disease. People who have multiple partners are at risk of getting the virus and can easily pass it on to other people. Since this disease cannot be cured, once you are diagnosed, it is important to let your other partners know about it so that they can get tested and they can also take the necessary precautions in case they are also seeing other people.

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Children Can Get and Spread the Herpes Virus Too!

Most children with HSV of the mouth have acquired it very innocently. They have probably just kissed a family member that had a sore. Many people with “cold sores” don’t realize it is herpes and can easily be spread from one person to another by kissing or sharing towels, etc. They also do not realize they are able to spread the virus without having a “cold sore” or other symptoms. Since kids are often doing all sorts of silly things and can come into contact with a lot of random items in their daily lives, they are at risk because they do not know what it is they should be avoiding and they might not immediately know that they have a problem.

Skin Contact Between Partners

Even if no sex occurs between sexual partners, herpes can still be passed on from one person to the other person through what can be called as outercourse or rubbing genital areas together with direct skin contact or no clothing between partners. So even if they do not really have “normal” intercourse , if a person’s skin comes into contact with that part of the body of their partner that contains the herpes virus, they might be likely to contract the disease themselves.

Autoinoculation

The herpes virus can also spread through what is known as autoinoculation or transmitting the virus from one body part to another. How does this occur? For instance, if a person touched his or her mouth and then wiped his or her own genital area after urinating without good hand washing, he or she could spread the infection to another body part. This does not happen frequently.

Oral to Genital Contact

Oral to genital contact: HSV-1 or oral herpes can be spread to a partner’s genital. In this situation, the receiver of oral sex does not get HSV-2. The receiver will have HSV-1 of the genital area. The cold sore can recur in the genital area, acting the same way as HSV-2. Because oral sex has become more common, spreading herpes this way has increased significantly in the last 10 years. If you have HSV-1 of the mouth, it is important that you prevent an outbreak happening in the genital area to your partner.

Genital to Oral Contact

Genital to oral contact: In this case, a person can acquire HSV-2 of the mouth. Once again, it is important to protect your partner.
As you can see there are so many ways to spread the virus so it is important that you take care that you are not infected with it. If you have been infected with the virus, please make sure that you keep your surroundings clean so that it is not spread to other people. And if you are infected or just think that you are infected, please go to see your doctor for some medical advice so that he can tell you what you should do.


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