In order to prevent the transmission of the genital herpes virus, measures must be taken in case of primary infection and during recurrences. It is also important to protect your partner outside of herpes surges if it does not carry the virus.
What actions should be taken to limit the TRANSMISSION of the VIRUS during genital herpes flare-up?
The herpes virus is a fragile virus, which only lives a very short time (an hour or two) outside its host. Contamination is only done by direct, intimate, and prolonged contact.
During the first infection and subsequent flare-up of genital herpes, the risk of transmission is major.
It is then important to follow cautionary advice:
- Wash your hands every time you touch the herpes lesions and do not share your towels with your entourage, even if the virus does not survive for a long time outside its host;
- Avoid sexual intercourse, even protected by a condom. In fact, it would only protect lesions on the sex. If herpes lesions are present nearby, you may also contaminate your partner.
What to do outside of genital herpes flares?
Apart from genital herpes outbreaks, use a condom if your partner never came into contact with the herpes virus. This will limit the risk of transmission because the virus can be present on the mucous membranes even between recurrences. In fact, 8 to 12% of free partners are infected each year. The transmission of the herpetic virus is more common in the male-female sense.
If you have a cold sore (or cold sore), do not have sexual intercourse bringing the mouth in contact with sex. Indeed, the virus present on the lips can be transmitted to the sexual parts of the partner. Thus, 10 to 30% of genital herpes are due to type 1 virus, a cold sores agent.
Similarly, a hand that has touched a cold sore can transport the virus to other parts of the body.
Herpes does not get caught anywhere, or any way.
The herpes virus is a fragile virus, which only lives very little time outside its host. There is no risk of indirect transmission in the pools or the toilet seat. Contamination occurs only through direct, intimate and prolonged contact.
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