Sex with Herpes: Everything You Need to Know

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Herpes, Sex, and Outbreaks

The likelihood of passing genital herpes to a partner is highest during an outbreak (times when a sore is present). When a person is not experiencing an outbreak, there is a 4-10% chance of transmitting it. (Depending mostly on genders.)

Herpes Dating and Sex

Of all the dating sites for singles with herpes, Positive Singles is arguably the most popular. Positive is a dating site for people living with STDs of all kinds, but by allowing you to narrow your results you can only communicate people with the same STD as you (or any other you might be willing to accept). To the left you can see our Positive Singles review ratings on several factors. I’m going to take you inside the site and explain the different features it has, and which ones require a paid membership. So please read on to learn more about Positive Singles and its free and paid capabilities.

Oral Sex and Herpes

HSV-1 is usually associated with oral herpes, but it can also spread to the genitals through oral sex. Most people know not to kiss or share a drink while a cold sore is present. The same goes for not performing oral sex while a cold sore is present. You might also wish to use a condom or dental dam.

A dental dam is a latex barrier that can be placed over the vulva/vagina (and anal area if involved) to prevent skin-to-skin contact during oral sex.

HSV-2, which is usually genital herpes, can also spread to the oral region, but it’s not as likely. It is possible, but rare, since HSV-2 doesn’t like the oral environment. In fact, only 3% of oral herpes outbreaks are from HSV-2.

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