This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!
Herpes Simplex Virus I & II are viruses that can be sexually transmitted. Type I generally presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth area so it’s not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex. Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.
It is possible that someone can transmit the Herpes Virus even if there is no visible sore. This is because right before someone has an outbreak the virus is under the surface of the skin trying to break through. During this time a person may feel tenderness, tingling, or see discoloration in the area. During this time the virus can be transmitted.
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