Information about dating a herpes carrier
Herpes is misunderstood and common, yet under-diagnosed. This leads to the silent spread of the virus, as do myths about safe sex.See herpes facts, myths, and statistics all on this page — plus tips for treating it. This is surprising to many when you consider the stigma associated with the virus." April 12, 2011 -- Even if they don't show any sign of infection, people carrying the genital herpes virus can infect a sex partner 10% of the time.The finding comes from a large study that collected daily genital swabs from nearly 500 people infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the genital herpes virus.Some people have outbreaks a lot, some have few with long dormant stages in between, and some have none at all. There are medications on the market that can stop outbreaks, reduce your symptoms, and drastically reduce contagiousness. The main effects of herpes are sometimes having outbreaks when the virus becomes active, and having to make adjustments in one’s sex life.For example, there is the need to disclose to partners that you have the virus. Here are some points about the effects of having herpes: Herpes is misunderstood and widespread.The fact that you have antibodies means that you do have the virus, whether or not you have ever had an outbreak.In fact, most people do not have outbreaks, and yet are herpes positive, which is why the infection is spreading so widely.
Still Worried After All These Years Everybody is a shedder at one time or another.
The vast majority -- between 75% and 90% -- don't know they are infected because they don't get, or don't notice, herpes sores on their genitals.
These asymptomatic herpes carriers shed infectious virus 10% of the 30 or more days they were in the study, report University of Washington researcher Anna Wald, MD, MPH, and colleagues.
And nearly all the time, these people had no obvious sign of herpes infection while they were actively shedding virus.
"The primary concern of many HSV-2-seropositive persons is the risk of transmission to sexual partners; in our experience this is the main source of angst in patients with genital herpes," Wald and colleagues note in the April 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.