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So, be sensible and don’t let paranoia rule your thoughts.Genital herpes can be transmitted through direct contact with a herpes infection (such as an infected blister or sore), usually through sexual contact such as oral, vaginal or anal intercourse.Herpes often brings about some changes in a couple’s sex life, such as abstaining from oral sex or intercourse during outbreaks.For most people with herpes this occurs only a few times a year.

It is also possible to contract genital herpes from a cold sore on a partner’s mouth or face through oral sex.It is a good idea to use latex condoms or latex barrier protection in-between outbreaks for additional protection (please see your doctor for alternative barrier methods if you are allergic to latex).The herpes virus does not pass through latex condoms, and when properly used latex condoms are likely to reduce your risk of spreading or getting herpes, however even the best condoms do not guarantee total safety.Once infected with cold sores, the virus remains inside the body in a latent (sleeping) state.Throughout a person’s life the virus can then become “activated” causing a cold sore recurrence. Many couples have been in a relationship for years without ever transmitting herpes.The usual incubation period of the virus (time before any symptoms show) is approximately two to twelve days after the first exposure to the virus.As most people contract cold sores before the age of seven, it is common for a person not to remember their first or ‘primary’ cold sore outbreak.Herpes is most easily spread when a sore is present, but, it is also often spread at other times too.Some people notice itching, tingling or other sensations before they see anything on their skin.The risk is even lower for those individuals who have HSV Type 2 in the mouth area, or HSV Type 1 in the genital area.For more information please read this article Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, which explains the two different types of Herpes simplex and the rates of recurrence.