Genitale herpes is an STD or sexually transmitted disease, meaning that it can be caught via sexual contact. The only sure-fire way to prevent spreading the infection to others is not to have sex. If you sense any symptoms such as tingling, itching, burning, etc. even without the sores appearing, then you must avoid sexual contact during this time.
Again, herpes can be transmitted even when no symptoms or sores occur so the best means to safeguard your partner is to utilize latex condoms through every sexual contact.
Extra Protection Against Genitale Herpes
You may also choose to utilize spermicidal foams and jelly for extra protection. You also have to remember that herpes can be transmitted from touching the open sores and then touching with somebody else so be cautious in intimate cases wherein you touch yourself and then touch your partner’s genitals. You must constantly wash your hands thoroughly and never touch your open sores.
As an extra precaution against, you must not share towels with anybody else in the house if an outbreak occurs. Regular washing is sufficient to destroy the virus so you’ll be okay as long as nobody utilizes the same towel you’ve just utilize and yet unwashed.
You also have to know that infants can contract the herpes virus which can be extremely devastating to a new-born. If you’re pregnant (or considering becoming pregnant) and have genital herpes, you must tell your physician immediately so the proper safety measures can be taken to safeguard your baby.
What About Public Places?
Numerous individuals worry that they can contract herpes (or transmit it to other people) in public areas such as hot tubs or toilet seats. There aren’t any known and documented case of somebody getting the infection from a toilet seat. Research have revealed that the herpes virus can’t survive more than one hour on toilet seats.
Moreover, usually, the only dermal area that comes in contact with toilet seats is that of the thighs and buttocks. This skin is resilient and tough and makes a good barrier against the virus.
Even though there were herpes virus alive on the toilet seat, there would not likely be sufficient to infect you with, and it would be very difficult to get it.
Can I Get Herpes Via Sperm?
Herpes isn’t spread via vaginal secretions, semen, saliva, blood, or any other body fluids. It’s only transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact with the blisters or sores or discharges from the lesions and sores. It’s not a genetic condition nor is it hereditary. Thus, you can’t get the infection from contact with semen or sperm.
However, normally if you have sexual intercourse with a person and if that individual has an active herpes outbreak and they have open sores, and the semen mixes with the fluid from such sores, and then you happen to have sexual intercourse, then there’s a chance you may get herpes from the semen. On the other hand, herpes itself doesn’t actually thrive in semen or other bodily fluids.