(1) Dear Alice, All the information I have found about herpes is written for heterosexual couples. How can I prevent transmission of the virus to my partner? Lesbian (2) Dear Alice, I'm female, in a relationship with another female. I JUST NEED TO KNOW HOW TO PROTECT HER from contracting the virus. Dear Lesbian and Reader #2, One of the most critical steps you can take to protect your partner from contracting herpes is to tell her that you have herpes.
Herpes is an STD caused by a virus instead of a bacteria.The cause of herpes is the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). In the recent past, it was thought that these different types of HSV caused distinct types of problems.There is no difference in the visible symptoms caused by the two types, so it is only possible to establish which type you have caught through a laboratory test. On this page, we are referring to genital infection caused by type 1 and type 2 – except where we specifically mention the different types. You can make a big deal of it, there are websites that suggest you have to. It causes spots, which admittedly can be painful, and if they come often then they are very annoying… Well, if it were on your face, you would not be asking that question.Strategies for preventing herpes transmission really boil down to preventing contact with infected areas of skin; this holds true for any intimate partners, regardless of gender.
The herpes virus is spread via direct skin-to-skin contact both when the virus is active (sores are present) and possibly when an infected person has no visible sores (a process known as viral shedding).
) The virus most often transmitted during the first months of a new relationship – although partners can be together for years without the virus passing from one to the other.
Studies have shown that a majority of people catch it from someone who does not know that he or she has got this virus.
Prior to an outbreak of herpes, most people notice an itching or tingling sensation.
This can become a good warning that an outbreak is imminent and for you and your partner to avoid touching the area where sores normally appear.
You may be shocked to know that more people do than don't.