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How did I get affected with genital herpes if I did not have sexual intercourse or did not caress, fondle, petted or touched that way any one?

Harshit

Answer:

Dear Harshit,

For most people, the diagnosis of genital herpes (Herpes Simplex Virus 2 or HSV2) is a shock.

For others, the diagnosis maybe a confirmation of suspicions they have had about their own health or their partner's behavior.

Seeking to answer the question of how the patient contracted the condition often leads to a search for blame and then self-recrimination.

Current epidemiology studies across the Western World indicate the incidence of HSV2 to be around one in eight people, or 12% of the population.

Only one in five of those with antibodies have been diagnosed. If you have been diagnosed with either infection, it is very possible you contracted it from someone who has no idea they have it themselves.

HSV transmission requires skin-to-skin contact and viral shedding to occur.

HSV1 , the mouth herpes , oral herpes , can infect the genitals.

Oral herpes it is most often caught in childhood from kissing relatives.

HSV1 and HSV2 are caused by contact with someone else.

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