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Herpes Simplex – Myths and Facts
Herpes Simplex – Myths and Facts

Herpes Simplex – Myths and Facts

Many people have the herpes simplex virus and are plagued with its symptoms, such as blisters and sores. Research shows that most people had suffered from the herpes simplex virus at some point in their lives, especially before turning three. Herpes is highly infectious and can be transmitted to a baby through a simple kiss.

The mode of transmission of the herpes simplex virus makes it common, but like most common ailments, there are several myths about herpes.

As you read on, you’d find the common myths about the herpes simplex virus and the truth about it.

Myth 1 - Herpes simplex virus affects only a certain group of persons

It is misleading to think that herpes affects a certain group of persons because herpes is common, and anyone can get infected.

Myth 2 - Herpes mostly affects people who do not keep themselves clean

Herpes infection has nothing to do with being clean or dirty as it can affect anyone provided you are sexually active.

Myth 3 – Herpes cold sores on the mouth are different from the sores caused by genital herpes

Oral and genital cold sores resulting from herpes are the same. Most oral colds sores are transmitted to the genitals through oral to genital sex. This mode of herpes transmission accounts for about 40% of genital herpes.

Myth 4 – People know when they are suffering from genital herpes

This is untrue because most infected persons do not know they have herpes. In 80% of herpes cases, symptoms do not show, but it is crucial to see if you have herpes, hence the need for testing.

Myth 5 - Herpes gets transmitted through blood

The herpes virus does not affect the blood. Both genital and oral herpes is transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact.

Myth 6 –  Cervical smear test and STI check are always done to detect herpes

Sexual health checks and routine cervical smear tests are not for detecting herpes. You can only get tests for herpes if you show herpes symptoms.

Myth 7 – People infected with herpes cannot have children

The herpes virus does not affect male or female fertility. However, an infected mother can transmit the virus to her baby during childbirth. Mother to child transmission rarely occurs and can be easily prevented with proper care from the doctor.

For more information about the herpes simplex virus, visit here or call 020 3475 1653 to speak with an experienced sexual health expert.

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