My friend thinks he has a disease. He thinks he might have herpes.

Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!

There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II.  Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).

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.

So, if there was skin to skin contact without any barrier methods ( like a condom) there would be a risk of transmission. It is also 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.

The only way someone can know for sure if they have Herpes is to have a provider take a swab of an active sore. So if someone begins to experience any symptoms (sores or blisters on either the genitals or the mouth) they should see a provider so they can test for it.

In the future, it’s important to remember to use barrier methods like condoms or dental dams to reduce the risk of STI transmission.

If you want to make an appointment, give us a call at 303-442-5160.