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Re: how safe is sex when you have no symptms

Re: how safe is sex when you have no symptms

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Posted by Julie on July 01, 2000 at 15:35:41:

In Reply to: Re: how safe is sex when you have no symptms posted by Karen on July 01, 2000 at 11:07:26:

: : I have recently had a blood test and anti bodies were found ....i have had no out break of sores partner of ten years has but they do not look like herpies,,,can i pass herpies on with out protected sex ..i am so confused ..this has just about destroyed me i need help..can i ever engage in oral sex ?
: Julie: Exposure to the herpes virus is just about universal. Having a positive antibody test just means at some point in your life you have been exposed to the virus and your body did its natural thing, made antibodies. A positive antibody test doesn't necessarily mean the virus has taken residence in your body. If you haven't had symptoms, you probably don't have it. There is a test, The Western Blot, which is about the only test that determines if you actually have herpes. I'm posting a link to a really good site that is up to date on the latest research.
: In reality, no sex is "safe" unless you are monogamous with a partner who is uninfected (with anything). Otherwise, It's really a matter of understanding degrees of risk. The highest risk in transmitting herpes is when one partner has active blisters, or just before, in the prodrome (a period of tingling, pain, sensitivity, itchiness) prior to when the skin breaks out. In comparison, the risk of transmission is low when there are no sores/blisters. The really hard area to calculate risk is, for example, after an outbreak ( the body can continue to "shed" the virus in this area for quite awhile and it varies by the person), and among those who don't know what their symptoms mean, but who have sex anyway.

: The best thing to do is to educate yourself as much as possible to determine how much you are at risk of being infected by your partner and how to reduce that risk (has your partner had his sores cultured? it's probably not a great idea to have sex (especially unprotected) with someone who has any kind of genital sores.
: I would just take this mainly as a "wake up call" to learn what you can to protect yourself from any STD.
: You don't need to panic, you're probably "ok"..but if we're sexually active in today's world, we all live with a certain degree of risk depending on ours and our partners known and unknown histories, and our sexual practices.
: Good Luck.

Thankyou so much for your help ..I have decided that no sex with my partner is the safest until he does something about this ...I have had some sort of swab test and that came back negative*S*
Thankyou for your help on this ..God bless you ..


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