Only 10-25% of people infected with genital herpes are aware of their diagnosis (1).”
Herpes is a viral sexually transmitted diseases (STD) which means that it’s incurable. The disease, along with its uncomfortable symptoms, will be with someone for life once contracted. It’s important to know that herpes can be transmitted without any signs of an outbreak. Another fact to remember is that herpes can be spread simply through skin-to-skin contact meaning that someone can easily contract herpes through oral sex. Condoms do not give complete coverage of the genital area which means that herpes can be transmitted even if a condom is used during sexual intercourse.
As a gynecologist, Dr. Michele Krieger, our medical director at Collage Center, sees several different cases of STDs on a daily basis. Check out this short video to hear what she has to say about herpes…
1. Gupta, R, Warren, T & Wald, A (2007) ‘Genital Herpes’, The Lancet, December 22/29, 2007, Vol. 370: 2127-37