Dating a person with herpes

A substantial portion of the population has recurrent oral herpes infection, showing up as those nuisance little “cold sores” on lips and sides of the mouth, and occasionally elsewhere on the face.

Herpes infects the nerve cells of the spinal cord of the pelvis (in the setting of genital herpes) and of the nerve ganglia serving the face at the base of the brain (in the setting of oral herpes).

An important point worth noting is that genital herpes is NOT ALWAYS an indication that a person has been unfaithful.

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One thing that MUST be considered when making your decisions is have you been properly tested?

Not just the run of the mill STD screen, because those are not complete in most cases.

Herpes is a DNA-type virus, inserting its DNA directly into the dendritic nerve endings of the skin, which then leads along nerve fibers to the nucleus of the nerve cell.

Once the viral information is inserted into the cell’s nucleus, this blending of viral genetic information with human genetic information is permanent.

Transmission may still occur when symptoms are not present.

Genital herpes is classified as a sexually transmitted infection. The diagnosis may be confirmed by viral culture or detecting herpes DNA in fluid from blisters.

Has someone you’re dating revealed to you that they have herpes? Here’s a bit of advice: If you are not ready to take the risk yet then don’t.

Next keep in mind that you certainly do not have to sleep with this person anytime soon, so doing a little research to become more familiar with the topic is highly advised.

HSV-1, which is responsible for cold sores, may also cause genital herpes if there are oral to genital contact.

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