Since we have known the most common herpes symptoms and signs, now we’d like to mention other 7 most frequently asked herpes questions. As we always say, herpes is just a virus. If we know more about it, we can handle it better.
1. Can herpes be cured?
From the CDC report, there is no cure for herpes.
However, there are medicines that can prevent or shorten outbreaks. One of these anti-herpes medicines can be taken daily and makes it less likely that you will pass the infection on to your sex partner(s).
2. How long does it take for HSV 2 to show up?
Based on the CDC report, the average incubation period for an initial herpes infection is 4 days (range, 2 to 12) after exposure. The vesicles break and leave painful ulcers that may take two to four weeks to heal after the initial herpes infection. Experiencing these symptoms is referred to as having first herpes “outbreak” or episode.
3. Is HSV 1 sexually transmitted?
According to WHO, HSV-1 is mainly transmitted by oral-to-oral contact to cause oral herpes (which can include symptoms known as “cold sores”), but can also cause genital herpes.
4. Do cold sores mean you have an STD?
Cold sores are common signs of oral herpes. From the report of CDC, Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1. It can result in cold sores or fever blisters on or around the mouth.
However, most people do not have any symptoms. Most people with oral herpes were infected during childhood or young adulthood from non-sexual contact with saliva.
So to be strict, carrying HSV-1 doesn’t mean you have an STD.
5. Can herpes lay dormant for years?
According to NHS, the virus can lie dormant in the body for long periods before any of the typical herpes symptoms appear, so when you experience your first outbreak this does not necessarily mean that you were recently infected.
6. Can you kiss someone with hsv1?
Most people contract oral herpes (typically caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)) when they are children by receiving a kiss from a friend or relative.
Oral herpes is transmitted through direct contact between the contagious area and broken skin (a cut or break) and mucous membrane tissue (such as the mouth or genitals).
Since saliva can carry the virus, non-infected people may get herpes by kissing someone with HSV-1.
7. Does HSV 1 Go Away?
The symptoms of HSV-1 may go away within 2-3 weeks. It can be faster if you get the medical treatment.
But this virus is life-long. It will still stay in the body. With the treatment, people can reduce the outbreak periods.
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