Testing the blood for antibodies against the virus can confirm a previous infection but will be negative in new infections.The most effective method of avoiding genital infections is by avoiding vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Daily antiviral medication taken by someone who has the infection can also reduce spread.Pregnant women with genital herpes should talk to their doctor as genital herpes can be passed on to the baby during childbirth.For many people with herpes, attacks (outbreaks) of herpes can be brought on by the following conditions: Often, the appearance of HSV is typical and no testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis.My doctor still said it made common sense not to have oral sex when cold sores on my partner were obvious but that in our monogamous stable relationship (both having had cold sores) the risks of genital herpes from this were in any case very low.Therefore the possibility viral shedding from HSV 1 of the face causing HSV 1 infection of the genitals from oral sex is even less unlikely still.Although HSV-2 sores may occur in other locations, these sores usually are found below the waist.HSV-1, which is transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin, can be spread through kissing or sharing objects such as toothbrushes or eating utensils.
For most people, outbreaks happen less often over time. HSV can be passed even when sores are not visible, although it is less likely to happen during these times.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.Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Most Canadians will have at least one type of HSV in their lifetime.Many of those people have never had symptoms and are not aware that they have HSV.