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Genital Herpes: How The Herpes Virus Gets Transmitted?

How The Genital Herpes Virus Gets Transmitted?

Genital herpes is transmitted by sexual contact. One with genital herpes can pass on the virus to his/her partner through a cut in the skin or mucous membrane. So every sexual encounter with an infected person can be a cause of herpes. The inside of mouth, inner genitals, anus, are all covered with mucous membrane. Any sexual activity including kissing can transmit herpes virus. Because of kissing, you may not get genital herpes, but you can get cold sores.

The possibility of herpes virus transmission is very high, if one partner has active sores. If one partner is having prodrome phase, the possibility of transmission is again high. Even if no active sores are present, herpes virus maybe shed and transmitted. That is called asymptomatic shedding.

Article updated on: May 26, 2008

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