Can Genital Herpes Spread From Kissing
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by two types of viruses namely the herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2 which are both transmitted by having sexual contact (vaginal, anal, or oral sex) with an infected individual.According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about one in every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes in the United States, while the World Health Organization (WHO), estimates that about 140 million people primarily in the Americas, Europe and Western Pacific aged between 15-49 years are infected with HSV-1 virus. Click Here to see : Genital Herpes symptoms
How the Disease Develops
As established earlier, herpes spreads through sexual relationships which could either be oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who has the disease. Primarily the disease spreads as a result of coming in contact with body fluids of an infected person. Unfortunately, most infected individuals do not know they are carrying the virus until major symptoms start manifesting. Once entry into the body via the skin is perfected, the virus travels along nerve paths and could either become dormant (inactive) and remain within the nerves indefinitely or become active from time to time leading to the development clinical symptoms.
Kissing on the other hand refers to the touching or pressing of your lips against the lips of another person or an object. Cultural connotations of kissing vary widely. Depending on the culture and context, a kiss often express sentiments of love, passion, romance, sexual attraction, sexual activity, sexual arousal, affection, respect, greeting, friendship, peace, and good luck, among many others. In some circumstance, a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect, or sacrament.
Can You Get Genital Herpes By Kissing Without Being Sexually Active?
Genital Herpes is among the Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that can be transmitted without sexual intercourse. Herpes can be passed through direct skin-to-skin contact with the infected area such as kissing, oral sex, genital-to-genital rubbing, vaginal sex, and anal sex. Herpes (both oral & genital) can be spread even when there are no symptoms or sores. This explains why you can get herpes from kissing someone without an outbreak. See : Can You Get Herpes From A Toilet Seat
What is the difference between cold sores and genital herpes?
Herpes is a very common infection caused by two different but closely related viruses (HSV-1 and HSV-2). The two viruses are very easy to contract, and both remain in your body for life and can produce symptoms that appear and disappear from time to time. A person who has oral herpes can infect a partner genital herpes by giving them oral sex.