It has been estimated that some 80-90% of humans experience oral herpes infections by the age of ten years old.Many will have an acute episode manifesting as infected gums and lips, causing high fevers, but most apparently have few if any symptoms. Subscribe to the HVA to get lots of information – leaflets on ‘Talking to a new partner’ and ‘How to protect my partner’, etc. Professor George Kinghorn, a sexual health consultant in Sheffield, says: “… As we state above, most of us have at least one type of herpes simplex and don’t even know.Herpes is a DNA-type virus, inserting its DNA directly into the dendritic nerve endings of the skin, which then leads along nerve fibers to the nucleus of the nerve cell.Once the viral information is inserted into the cell’s nucleus, this blending of viral genetic information with human genetic information is permanent.A substantial portion of the population has recurrent oral herpes infection, showing up as those nuisance little “cold sores” on lips and sides of the mouth, and occasionally elsewhere on the face.
However, it is important to point out that your partner may not know he or she has herpes since symptoms of herpes may not show up on everyone.
Understanding the Problem Protecting Against Transmission Community Q&A Herpes is an infection caused by two virus types, and it appears in two forms, as either oral or genital herpes.
Many prevention tips are valuable for both oral and genital herpes, but the latter will be the primary focus of this article.
As a result, many people with the virus are unaware they have been infected, and can pass it on to others without even knowing it.
The trouble is that most people’s perception of genital herpes is based on a range of myths about the condition rather than the facts.