Herpes Testing and Prevention of Transmission of Herpes
Men and women who are dating people with herpes must be aware of the following basic facts about herpes:
- Herpes is a very common skin condition and it is identified as a STD.
- Oral herpes is caused by HSV-1 virus and genital herpes is caused by HSV-2 virus.
- HSV-1 causes formation of cold sores around the mouth and HSV-2 causes formation of sores in the genital area.
- HSV-1 virus is transmitted as a result of oral sex and HSV-2 virus is transmitted as a result of skin-to-skin contact during sexual activities.
- Most of the people who have herpes are not aware of the same. Those who undergo herpes blood test can know whether they have herpes.
- Transmission of herpes can be prevented by avoiding sexual contact during outbreaks of herpes
- Men who are dating with women who are affected by herpes may use latex condoms to prevent transmission of the virus.
- Suppressive oral antiviral medicines are available for herpes and by taking these medicines, transmission of herpes can be prevented to considerable extent.
Accuracy of the Herpes Test
Those who are dating someone with herpes will have the anxiety to know whether they are infected with the virus. Just because there are no signs or symptoms of the disease, one cannot conclude that he or she has no herpes. The symptoms of herpes may appear mildly and in some cases there will be no symptoms. Many people mistake some other diseases like acne, hemorrhoids, yeast infections, genital warts, rashes and bladder infections for herpes. Some other STDs are also mistaken for herpes. Diagnosis of genital herpes is very difficult. Normally herpes is tested through a viral culture. When a person tests positive from a viral culture, it is confirmed that he or she has herpes. If the samples are taken when the sores are active, the viral culture test will be 100% accurate. A blood antibody test also may be conducted in order to confirm the result of the direct test.
Transmission of herpes
Transmission of herpes takes place while dating people with herpes. Direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person causes spreading of genital herpes. Vaginal, anal and oral sex can cause transmission of herpes. Those with cold sore around their mouth will spread the disease when they cuddle or kiss the unaffected people during dating. The herpes causing virus shed from the skin of those who have herpes even when there is no sore or blister and the skin appears normal. The disease is spread as a result of shedding of the virus also. Hence when there is no sore or blister also, transmission of herpes is possible.