1. What triggers genital herpes?
Although it is not clear what causes the virus outbreak from time to time, some factors have come to light. For instance menstruation, fatigue, stress and illness could trigger genital herpes flares.
2. What is the appearance of genital herpes?
The infection looks like small sores or pimples filled with fluid. These blisters burst and form a yellowish crust as they heal.
3. Can you get genital herpes without being sexually active?
No, since sexual transmission is the most eminent cause of the virus spread, you are not at risk if you are not sexually active.
4. How long is herpes contagious?
It remains contagious even when the symptoms are not visible, or the virus is dormant in the body. So extra precautions are essential when trying to minimise the risks of transmission with this infection even if your partner’s or your skin appears clear.
5. Can shaving cause herpes outbreak?
The shaving part does not cause any triggers. The regrowth of hair after a shave can trigger the outbreak of the virus.
6. What are the chances of passing herpes without any effect on the skin?
Carriers of HSV can still transmit the virus even if they have no visible signs and symptoms on the skin/genitals. Transmission is more probable when sores and blisters are present, but it remains possible even when the skin is clear.
7. Can you be immune to herpes?
No, guaranteeing immunity to herpes is not possible. Current research shows that every sexually active individual is at risk of this common infection.
8. What organs are affected by herpes?
Apart from the sex organs, herpes can also cause blisters on the tongue, mouth, eye, gums, lips, fingers and other parts of the body.
9. Is it safe to swim in a pool with someone who has herpes?
Yes, since genital herpes spreads mainly due to sexual contact, it is unlikely that you will catch the virus while being in a pool with an infected person.
10. What happens if you pop herpes sores?
Popping herpes sore or blister will firstly make them a lot more uncomfortable, but will also possibly risk the virus being spread more.
11. Do herpes outbreaks always occur in the same spot?
While the general area of the outbreaks remains the same, it can spread to different patches in the same region. For instance, in the case of the mouth, your tongue, gums, etc..., might be affected as well.
12. Does herpes make you tired?
The first encounter with the virus might lead to flu-like symptoms or a high running fever leading to tiredness and fatigue.
13. Can herpes be transmitted to other parts of my body?
Yes, if you touch the sores and directly touch other parts of the body, it can spread the virus to other parts of your body.
14. Can herpes live on towels?
No, the virus cannot spread from an infected person to a healthy one via towels, toilets or other objects.
15. Do genital herpes and HIV have a link?
An infection of genital herpes can raise your chances of getting infected with HIV since it affects the immune system drastically.