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

There are 6 comments .

Kimberly rendon —

Hello , I have a question. What if you had sex with someone who inherited herpes from their parents? What is the outcome for the women besides having herpes also? Is it just as bad or not. My boyfriend recently found out he had herpes because of a post which reminded him that when he was in highschool someone pointed out he had herpes because of a “cold sore” he asked his mother and his mother confirmed it saying that he got it from his father. He doesn’t have genital herpes but he has herpes. I’m shocked and scared so I would like to know more information about it . Thank you

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    Hi Kimberly,

    Good questions! Herpes can be a little confusing and I’ll do my best to try to explain things to you!

    First of all, there are two different types herpes, herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-2). Both these strains are viral and once you get them, you have the virus forever.

    HSV-1 is usually a virus acquired during childhood and has nothing to do with a sexual transmission. Most these outbreaks happen orally. Later on, if a person has oral sex with someone, they could possibly pass HSV-1 to another person but originally, HSV-1 is not the main STD of herpes.

    HSV-2 is almost always spread sexually and causes genital herpes. Sometimes if a mother has it during pregnancy, it can be passed to the infant during delivery also.

    I will link a few sights with more information but it seems to me that maybe your boyfriend might have HSV-1. If a friend saw it at school, it was probably an oral sore and if he got it from his Dad, maybe they thought it was a genetic thing and was passed down. Which he probably got it when he was a child from his Dad as kids tend to share and spread germs a bit more!

    Yes, you can also get HSV-1 if he has it. It’s most likely spread if you have contact with a sore but also can be spread with no apparent symptoms too. Many call these cold sores and they are common in many people.

    Here are those links for more information on herpes:

    Hope this helps! Good job seeking out answers to your questions!

    Collage Medical Team Member

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Hayleigh Musick —

Hello i would like to know what should i do if my past boyfriend gave me herpes, and without either one of us knowing he had them. What should i do, now i have a new boyfriend and we have done it twice but hes not breaking out or anything. I just had an out break 2 weeks ago. Its been going on for 2 weeks


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    Hi Hayleigh,

    Bummer ☹ Outbreaks can be really painful!

    Genital herpes is a viral STD and it can be spread with or without showing any symptoms. Most people aren’t aware that they have it. You might already know this but, STD’s can be spread by any form of sexual contact…vaginal, anal, oral or mutual masturbation. With viral STD’s we can help treat the symptoms and manage the outbreaks, but it’s something that you’ll always have. I’d suggest that you see your primary care provider and get tested. Your doctor can then prescribe you the medication you need. I’d also suggest that your boyfriend gets tested as well to make sure he hasn’t contracted it. Until he’s been tested and you start on any needed medication, I’d recommend that you abstain from any form of sexual activity until you what you’re dealing with. In case it helps clarify things for you, I’ve copied a link to the CDC for more information on genital herpes.

    Hope this gives you a little direction.

    Collage Medical Team Member.

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Ashley S Hamilton —

Hello! The first day, I had two small clusters of white bumps by my right cheek and close to the corner of my mouth. The second day, I went to the doctor and they said its eczema. I have muscle pains and it burns a little. I never had sex or kissed anyone. Do you think if I shared a drink, that means I got it from that person? Plz help

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    Hi Ashley 🙂

    We’re glad you reached out to us! It sounds like you’re a little unsettled about what may be going on with your body.

    First off, great job getting in to see a doctor. They’re the ones that can best determine what’s going on by doing a physical examination.

    I’m not sure of what you’re referring to when you ask if you got “it” by sharing a drink – herpes or eczema? If you’re referring to herpes, the only way to get a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is to have sex with someone who has an STD. STD’s are primarily passed through vaginal, oral and anal sex. They can also be passed through genital-to-genital contact. Even infected body fluid that comes into contact with mucous membranes on you or your partner’s body can transmit an STD, (i.e. infected fluid on your hand to eyes or mouth).

    So if you’ve never had any form of sex described above and you haven’t even kissed anyone, you shouldn’t be at risk for having an STD.

    I sure hope this helps address your concerns. If your bumps don’t go away after any treatment that was recommended, I’d encourage you to follow up with your doctor.

    Take care,
    Collage Medical Team Member

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