Whether it be a romantic partner, a friend, or ourselves, it's important to know the facts about herpes and how to have a healthy, safe and enjoyable sex life, while minimizing the risk of transmission.Ever noticed how friends or coworkers will complain that they are getting a cold sore, but no one ever announces when they are suffering from a genital herpes outbreak?
This may include, oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex and skin-to-skin contact when the virus is active on a person's mouth or genitals.
The herpes virus isn't always active, but it can be even when no symptoms are present—part of the reason that herpes is so common.
(See also: Condoms offer some protection against genital herpes [link].) Remember, the majority of those with herpes never know they have it, because they've never have a noticeable outbreak. Many worry about the future of their love life after a genital herpes diagnosis.
They wonder how they'll share the information with new partners.
Some worry that they will lead a partner on by not being honest from the start, while others all but assume they will be rejected if a partner learns they have herpes and, as a result, may avoid the issue for some time.