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What is Herpes or HSV?
Hsv 1 and Hsv 2 are different forms of an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus has been around for thousands of years in one form or another. The actual word “herpes” is from the Greek meaning ‘to crawl” like sores over the skin. This virus has only one goal; to duplicate or replicate itself within the cells of plants, animals and humans.

A study funded by National Institutes of Health and the Marine Biological Laboratory found that once the herpes virus enters the body through a mucous membrane at a nerve ending of a lip, for example, it travels very quickly along the nerve to the central nervous system near the brain where the virus either duplicates itself or goes to sleep until it is triggered to replicate itself once again. For the first time, this study was able to view the actual movement of the virus within the nervous system.

How Do You Get Herpes?

Herpes enters the body through direct contact by sharing a kiss, sex or touch. It’s possible, that you might get hsv 1 by sharing utensils, beverage glasses, a joint/bong, etc. with a person who is infected and has cold sores. Fortunately, the virus doesn’t live very long outside the body so herpes will not transfer to another person at swimming pools, hot tubs or from toilet seats.

It only takes one kiss or sex with one person to get infected with hsv 1 (oral) or hsv 2 (genital) herpes. And, you don’t need to have intercourse. Close skin to skin contact with an infected person can do it. Although using a condom during sex is always a good thing, using a condom is not a guarantee against an hsv 2 infection. The genital area is only partially covered by the condom. If you or someone else has cold sores or herpes sores on their vagina or penis, don’t have sex.

The person who infected you may not even know they have the virus. And yet, you may be dealing with anger towards that person, yourself, or sex in general and embarrassment because you feel you’ve done something wrong. You haven’t done anything wrong. Sex is a natural part of living.