Genital Herpes Facts – Facts on Prevention of Herpes

October 29, 2009 by admin 

Like HIV, herpes simplex virus is highly contagious. Once inside the body it is virtually impossible for the virus to be eliminated. Anybody can be a victim of this ever-threatening virus, may it young or old, male or female rich or poor. Herpes virus is color blind, it cannot see the color of man it is going to infect, it just hits directly without warning no matter who you are. Just one instance is enough for you to be infected.

Myths and Facts about Herpes Transmission

Not so long ago, a myth holds that the virus cannot be contracted through other means other than sexual intercourse. That theory was already invalidated, meaning that HSV virus can be transferred to another person by non-sexual means. A recent study shows that herpes virus could be transmitted with the help of perfect mediums.

Due to the extremely sensitive nature of this virus it is very easy for it to die in the outside world. A simple temperature drop and drying up of moisture is enough to kill this virus. Outside of the body, HSV virus cannot survive long enough to be transferred to another body. In this connection, how is transmission of herpes, especially genital herpes other than sexual act possible? The answer is simple.

Is Prevention Possible?

Prevention patterns vary from person to person. Many diagnosed persons having herpes have sex without practicing any preventive measures at all yet the infection did not spread to their partner, and there were those that even though how precautious they are, they still infected their partners. This is not due to luck but it has something to do with the activity of the virus at that certain point in time. Genital Herpes virus could still be active even when the herpes sore due to outbreak has already waned. By getting in contact with this part of the skin where the sore has been would prove potent in transferring the virus.

Despite all these, prevention is still very possible. Aside from abstinence which is not likely to happen, the regular use of latex condoms can greatly reduce the risk of acquiring the virus. Wipe dry any toilet bowls before using it. Refrain from having sexual intercourse to a partner experiencing outbreaks. An HSV-1 virus responsible for cold sores in the mouth, though rarely, is proven also to cause genital herpes. Avoid receiving oral sex from persons having cold sores. Remember that prevention is always better than cure.

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