New Customers: Connect with a Provider for Free. Start Now. One of the most common ways in which the herpes virus spreads is through kissing. Even a momentary kiss can be enough for HSV-1 transmission, resulting in them becoming infected.
Herpes Simplex – The Definition, Main Symptoms & Treatment Methods
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This virus causes painful herpes sores blistery blisters cold sores , which can often break open and drip liquid. Several different herpes symptoms may occur, and a lot of people are ignorant of them. They think it is part of their normal herpes condition. The most common herpes symptom is a sore that causes itching. In addition to the sore, there can also be pain or a burning sensation when urinating, sexual intercourse, or bowel movements. However, the most embarrassing and irritating herpes symptom is that of a blistered penis, known as "herpes blisters.
Herpes II (genital herpes)
Herpes II is a sexually transmitted viral infection, which often produces painful sores, usually in the genital area. Once infected, an individual may carry the virus and be subject to recurrent bouts of infection. Some estimate that as many as 20 percent of the adult population in the United States has been exposed to the virus. Any person who has intimate sexual contact with an infected person can contract the infection. In addition, herpes II can be spread from an infected mother to her child during birth.
Herpes is spread by direct skin to skin contact. Unlike a flu virus that you can get through the air, herpes spreads by direct contact, that is, directly from the site of infection to the site of contact. For example, if you have a cold sore and kiss someone, you can transfer the virus to their mouth. Similarly, if you have active genital herpes and have vaginal or anal intercourse, you can give your partner genital herpes.