I. What to Do If You Have Herpes
I will be deadly honest here. I never thought I would write this post. But I keep getting messages on forums about it. I even got emails about it, and very experienced seducers have asked me about this (I won’t mention names out of respect).
The herpes simplex virus causes herpes, a very contagious virus that gives those nasty bumps that ulcerate, and then you get those tell-tale sores. Yes, a cold sore is a herpes virus. There are two strains of herpes: herpes-1 and herpes-2. Herpes-1 is commonly seen on the lip, and herpes-2 shows up on your dick and balls.
However, you can get herpes-1 on your dick and herpes-2 on your mouth. So, the distinction between the two is not that important. What is important to remember is:
They both can be painful and have similar symptoms.
They are both very contagious.
They both have a pattern of flare-ups followed by periods of remission.
Herpes is almost not contagious during remission.
Herpes is very contagious during flare-ups (especially when you have a blister or an ulcer).
Condoms limit the odds of transmission but do not protect fully (unlike HIV and other STDs, for which condoms offer nearly 100% protection). Condoms are also not good protection against HPV (human papillomavirus), which can give you nasty warts.
Flare-ups usually last between one to two weeks but can last longer.
You are more contagious when you have ulcers and blisters.
Both types respond to treatment with Acyclovir or Valacyclovir.
Symptoms: Herpes usually starts with some redness, and you may feel a bit of itchiness. Then, a few large blisters form, or you may see a cluster of smaller blisters. The blisters burst and develop ulcers, which can cause scars if the sores break open.
You are most contagious during the ulceration phase, but during this entire phase, you will be contagious, too infectious in my opinion, for sexual intercourse.
In remission, the odds of transmission are minimal.