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Some info about Herpes


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Aug 17, 2003
I've been reading up on herpes, from www.herpes.com and from the US center for disease control's pages about herpes. Some info about it.

There are basically two different types of herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2.

HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus 1) is usually referred to as "cold sores" or "fever blisters", it infects the mouth. It is generally never referred to as Herpes, although that's what it is. In the US (sorry, no canada stats, but I assume it is much the same as the US), over 50% of adults have HSV-1. It is spread through kissing, many people catch it from family members as children, and if you don't manage to catch it as a child, you get it once you become an adult and begin kissing people.

You probably already have HSV-1. If you've ever had cold sores, you've got it.

HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus 2) is usually referred to as genital herpes. It infects the genital region. In the US, over 20% of adults have HSV-2. Over 2/3 of people with HSV-2 don't realize they have it, because most people with it have few or no symptoms.

Now, here's where it gets a little more complicated. It is possible to catch hsv-1 genitally, and it is also possible to catch hsv-2 orally. Both of these viruses "prefer" to infect one region of the body, but can be caught in the other, generally through oral sex.

According to herpes.com, while it is certainly possible to catch either of these viruses in the opposite area from where they're usually caught, the virus is not as effective in the opposite area, generally producing no symptoms.

"According to one study, almost 100% of recognizable HSV-2 infection is genital. One reason is that most adults are already infected with HSV-1 orally, which provides some immunity against infection with HSV 2. Another reason is that oral HSV-2 rarely reactivates, so even if an infection does exist, no one knows."

The general impression I'm getting from this is the following:

1. There's little point in even trying to protect yourself from HSV-1, the oral form of herpes which is usually referred to as cold sores. People generally don't even consider it to be a disease, since it's practically ubiquitous and since the only protection against it would be never kissing anyone. Plus, you probably already have it.

2. As the genital form of it is easily spread through unprotected sex, this is one more reason to use condoms if you're going to be having nonmonogamous sex.

3. There appears to be very little risk from unprotected oral sex, as far as herpes goes. The chance of you getting genital herpes, hsv-2, in your mouth, is extremely low, since it's difficult to spread this way and since you've probably already got hsv-1 there. And if you do get it, you will never know it.


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Jun 19, 2003
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