whats the risks of contracting genital herpes from a female
here are some basic facts to consider:
- herpes can be transmitted only to susceptible individuals. If you've contracted herpes in the past then you can't become infected again... (you're already infected that is). There are two types of herpes: HSV1 and HSV2. If you've had a cold sore in the past (HSV1 usually) and she has HSV1 in her genitals then you can't become reinfected with it. If she has HSV2 and you've never had HSV2 in the past then you may become infected.
- transmission may occur when coming into contact with the infected area during outbreaks (more likely) but also when the skin is intact and seemingly healthy (viral shedding).
- the condom will only be protective if the infected area does not touch unprotected (by the condom) skin.
I cannot accurately estimate your risk for transmission but I can say that many individuals will become infected if they come into contact with a diseased individual even without an outbreak. That's why in such cases chemoprophylaxis with low dose antivirals (or at least lower than the ordinary treatment dosage) is recommended.
I hope I've answered your question. Please let me know if you need further assistance.
Unfortunately the risk cannot be estimated on an individual basis. Even 'dormant' viruses can be transmitted. The virus remains in the body and may demonstrate its presence at any time. Even when it doesn't it's still there.
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