Genital herpes is incurable, highly contagious and transmits easily during sexual intercourse with a partner. Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-2, but there are some instances where this infection is caused by HSV-1. Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 usually causes cold sores on the lips and mouth, but oral sex can spread the virus to the genitals.
Those with genital herpes can lead a normal life with the appropriate treatment and precautions. Outbreaks of genital herpes can be controlled by treatment with anti-viral medications. There are other treatments as well including homeopathic, herbal and maintenance. Infected individuals can also have a sex life that is completely fulfilling. The precaution, however, is that these individuals must be careful of when they have sex and with whom they have sex.
When Sexual Intercourse is Appropriate
Most people with genital herpes suffer from outbreaks. These outbreaks can occur several times a month or several times a year. This will vary between individuals depending upon the severity of the infection as well as underlying health issues. Those with genital herpes should avoid all types of sexual contact when they are experiencing lesions or sores on their genitalia. They should also avoid these activities when they think an outbreak is about to occur. Vaginal and anal sex must be avoided. Infected persons should not receive oral sex during these times, as well.
In-between outbreaks of genital herpes “an infected person” can have sex. Their partner, however, should understand that there are risks associated with having sex with a person that has genital herpes. A person can still become infected with genital herpes when having sex with an asymptomatic herpes person (there are no outward symptoms present). Latex condoms should always be worn during vaginal or anal sex and when they receive oral sex. An infected person can perform oral sex on their partner as long as there are no lesions in or on their mouths.
Tips for Sexual Contact
Individuals with genital herpes can explore the many different avenues of having sex with their non-infected partners. When there is a question about the safety of certain acts, qualified medical professionals are usually very willing to provide knowledgeable answers. Many partners of those newly diagnosed with genital herpes often feel the infected person has been unfaithful. This is not always the case. The herpes simplex virus can be in the body for years, in many cases, before it is ever diagnosed.
The following is a list of brief tips for enjoying a healthy sex life without infecting your partner if you are infected with genital herpes:
- Explore other ways of sexually satisfying each other such as mutual masturbation. Always make sure you have no areas of open or broke skin on the hands.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after sexual activities.
- Avoid touching herpes lesions and then touching your partner.
- Experiment with dildos, vibrators or dongs. Always wash all sex toys before and after each use.
- Never share a sex toy with each other. Make sure that each of you has your own sex toy for these intimate moments.
These are only a few tips to help those with genital herpes, so that they can have a satisfying sex life with their partner. One of the best ways to make the most of your sex life is to educate you and your partner about every aspect of the virus. With proper information, infected individuals and their partners can make informed decisions to stay safe and healthy.