PCR testing (through swabbing a sore) is the testing method used to accurately confirm herpes where a sore is present at testing. PCR tests are used routinely for people who present with a sore … Read Full Answer
Your willingness to get tested for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) is a great step. We’d recommend a full STI screen … Read Full Answer
Sharing lip balms has the potential for transmitting herpes, even though this is not a common way herpes spreads. Sharing chapstick or lipstick should be avoided to reduce risk of transmission. … Read Full Answer
Herpes is not hereditary. It’s not passed genetically from parent to child. People get genital or oral herpes from skin-to-skin contact with someone who is shedding the herpes virus (most … Read Full Answer
Yes, you absolutely can become a parent with HIV and herpes. HIV treatment can allow you … Read Full Answer
Herpes cannot be cured, but there may be things you can do to manage the pain and get through an outbreak. … Read Full Answer
Before we get into it, just remember that without seeing a clinician about the sores that you have now, we don’t know what it is. Other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could cause similar sores. But it’s great to hear that you’ve been tested … Read Full Answer
Herpes is a common viral infection and many people with herpes may not have any symptoms or confuse it for another skin condition … Read Full Answer
Some sexually transmitted infections or medications to treat them can affect breastfeeding. There are benefits to talking to your doctor or nurse about STIs, STI medications you are taking and … Read Full Answer
There are 2 considerations here: sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the potential impact of alcohol on a sexual encounter. Our intact skin is a great defense against most STIs. Touching … Read Full Answer
Before I tell you a little about what these sores look like, let me encourage you that if you have a suspicious lesion (sore) on your genitals, bum or mouth, get STI testing. The health care practitioner will swab it … Read Full Answer
There are a few different types of tests that health care providers use to test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A pee test may be able to detect chlamydia or gonorrhea, but urine alone won’t give a complete picture of someone’s sexual health status. It’s recommended … Read Full Answer
The great news is that no, you don’t necessarily have to stop having sex if you find out you have an STI. Medication is available to cure most STIs, and even the one’s without a cure have medications or management strategies so that sex is still an option. … Read Full Answer
Unfortunately the short answer is yes. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) moves easily from skin to skin.
HSV-1, the most common type, causes facial and genital herpes. Facial herpes (cold sores) are very common.
HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes. … Read Full Answer
Having herpes does not mean that you are dirty. There are many people who are living perfectly normal lives with herpes. It’s about managing and knowing more about it … Read Full Answer
Some people experience mild and infrequent symptoms that are easy to mistake for something else. There are also people who have no symptoms at all. On the other hand there are people have noticeable blisters or sores. These look similar to a cold sore. The may also have tingling, itching, burning or painful sensations, and sometimes make it painful to pee. Most people … Read Full Answer
Kissing is a least risky sexual activity. Herpes (HSV 1 & 2) is the only STI that is know to spread through kissing. Herpes is one of the most common infections but the stigma around … Read Full Answer
Your partner did the right thing by getting tested to find out if he has herpes.
Herpes is infectious; you can get herpes from an infected sex partner even if they don’t have visible sores. The herpes virus is sometimes present on the skin even when there are no symptoms. … Read Full Answer