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Old 05-10-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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how do you catch herpes?

someone i know is dating a girl that has herpes. what are the ways you can catch or come down with herpes?

 
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Re: how do you catch herpes?

Herpes is passed through skin to skin contact with someone who is infected with the virus.
Example: If a person has HSV1 (cold sores) and you kiss them even when they don't have symptoms there is a chance you can get the virus, if a person with HSV1 performs oral sex they can pass it to the genital area with or without symptoms. Intercourse, coming in contact with or with out symptoms..Of during OB's the risk is higher but the risk is there regaurdless, so if you think or know, be tested,(know your status) use precautions and inform all partners and future partners of the risk factors. Have a nice Day.

 
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someone i know is dating a girl that has herpes. what are the ways you can catch or come down with herpes?
Here are the Female to Male transmission rates

If you have 100 couples where the female has HSV 2 but not the male (these figures are over a year) the odds of female to male transmission are if you do nothing other than avoid sex during an outbreak 4 men out of a 100 will get herpes in a year or 4% If you do go on a suppressive therapy or use a condom then it drops to 2 men out of a 100 in a year or 2% and if you use suppressive and a condom the chances are 1 man out of a 100 will get herpes in one year or 1%.

Male to Female Transmission Rate

If you have 100 couples where the male has HSV 2 but not the female (these figures are over a year) the odds of male to female transmission are if you do nothing (other than avoid sex when there is an outbreak) 8-10 females out of a 100 will get herpes in a year or 8-10% If you do go on a suppressive therapy or use a condom then it drops to 4-5 females out of a 100 in a year or 4-5% and if you use suppressive therapy and a condom the chances are 2-3 females out of a 100 will get herpes in one year or 2-3%.

The valtrex and transmission study stats are based on having sex 2 times/week.
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