Tuesday, July 17, 2007

How Easy is it to get Herpes from Oral Sex?

1. There is no such thing as genital herpes or oral herpes, these are old and useless terms from back in the days when we didn't know better. There are 8 different kinds of herpes viruses, herpes simplex 1 and 2, chicken-pox, the epstein-barr virus and 4 others. With herpes simplex there is simply type 1 and type 2. Type 1 prefers being on your face but It can be anywhere you have skin including your genitals. Because of the popularity of oral sex many people who have genital herpes have type 1 not type 2. Type 2 herpes prefers to be in your genital area but can also be on your face, although this is rare, and yes your would likely in this situation only have a primary outbreak and may never again see symptoms.

A number of people have both type 1 and type 2 herpes at the same time.

The only way to tell if the herpes you have on your genitals is type 1 or type 2 is to have it diagnosed with a type-specific blood test or swab. So just because you have herpes on your genitals don't assume that it is type 2.

Some information claims that type 1 infections of the genitals don't produce many outbreaks. This is a myth. No two people get herpes the same way and there are many factors which will determine how many outbreaks you get and how severe they will be.

So of you have type 2 herpes on the genitals and someone performs oral sex on you there is a slim chance that they will get type 2 herpes of the mouth. If you have type 1 on your genitals there is a much better chance that someone will get type 1 of the mouth from you if they don't already have a type 1 of the mouth infection.

If you have type 1 herpes of the face-and please don't be in denial by labeling it as "cold sores", please be aware that there is a substantial risk of you infecting others when you perform oral sex on them and that the risk exists whether you are having symptoms you can notice or not. Just because you are not having an "outbreak" doesn't mean you are not contagious. If you have ever had a cold sore in your life, it means you have a life-long herpes infection no matter how long it's been since you have had an outbreak. You should avoid intimate contact with anyone when having any itching, tingling, burning or numbness anywhere on your face.

There are no clear numbers on what the actual statistical risk is. I encourage everyone to consider lowering the risk by avoiding intimate contact during any possible symptom of the virus being active (itching, tingling, burning, or numb sensations anywhere below the waist),treating their herpes daily with real herbal medicine from a herbalist or drug therapy and practicing safer sex with a condom/saran wrap and an anti-viral gel such as the one I make, http://www.antiviralgel.com.

Also keep in mind that according to statistics it is three times easier for a man to give herpes to a woman than for a woman to give it to a man, and that herpes infections are higher in the African-American and Hispanic populations than it is in the Caucasian population. I am Black myself, so I always want to encourage my brothers and sisters of colour to help get the message out in our communities about herpes awareness and the need to practice safer sexuality.

christopher scipio
holistic viral specialist



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