What is it?

Either of two types of infectious virus (HSV – herpes simpex virus) passed on by skin-to-skin contact and unprotected sexual intercourse.

Type 1 – the common cold sore – usually infects the mouth or nose

Type 2 is transmitted by sexual intercourse and infects the genital and anal areas. Increasingly the areas which the virus infects are interchangable. Both types can sometimes be treated with anti-viral medications/creams.

How can you avoid it?

  • abstinence
  • avoid kissing or oral sex with anyone who has a cold sore
  • correct use of condoms each and every time