Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that many people don’t even know they have. Herpes can cause cold and canker sores, redness, swelling, itching, burning, and blisters on your entire body during a breakout. Sometimes herpes looks like a mosquito bites or a rash while other times you won’t have any symptoms at all. The only way to not get herpes is to not have sexually relations. Here are several ways to detect if your partner has herpes.
Over 26% of the population of the United States has herpes with 5 % not knowing they have it. Hopefully, if they do have herpes they will tell you before they transmit to you but if they don’t then you can look for the following.
If they have cold sores or blisters around the mouth they may have herpes, especially if they are recurring. During an outbreak the herpes virus is the most contagious. You risk getting the virus even if there is no breakout. The herpes virus sheds it spores all the time. Using a condom will reduce the risk by 50 % during a breakout and 10% before and after a breakout.
Other ways of knowing if your partner has herpes is to look for red and blistered ears. There will also be cold sores, blisters, and redness on the neck and arms of your partner. The mouth has the most telling for signs of herpes. The tongue and the roof of the mouth will have cold and canker sores on them. Although, the only sure way to tell if your partner has herpes is a blood or swab test. Herpes can be genital or vaginal, as well as oral.
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There will be blisters or mosquito type marks on the feet and legs. In some cases it may be bites from an insect but you should always check as herpes is very contagious, especially during an outbreak. There will be cold sores on the lips and sometimes even the eye lids. Also, notice if there is a rash on your partner’s back that comes and goes. That’s a sure sign of herpes. The outbreak usually lasts 1 to 5 days but can last longer.
The virus sheds 40% of genital herpes virus and is the time when herpes is most contagious. It can be spread through saliva, a hand shake, if they happen to have blisters or open sores on their hands. It can also be spread through normal sexually contact or by oral contact. You can also get genital and vaginal herpes through oral sex. If you’re not sure what herpes looks like you should find some herpes pictures and study them.
Herpes is one of the most common STD (Sexually transmitted diseases) and at this time there is no known cure for it. It can be controlled by medication but you’ll still have breakouts. Be open and honest if you have herpes so your partner has a choice of whether they want to risk getting it or not.