Last Friday, we tested your knowledge of herpes, and today we’re going to see how you did. We hope you used a #2 pencil – you’d hate to not get credit for your smarts.
1. There are two forms of herpes: Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Which type of herpes virus causes most cases of genital herpes?
Answer: HSV-2 is the virus most responsible for genital herpes outbreaks. If you have a sore or an ulcer on your genitals that was painful for a few days and then went away, see your doctor.
2. Which form of herpes carries the highest risk of being transmitted through oral sex?
Answer: Oral sex is the riskiest for transmitting HSV-1. Transmission can occur without any visible sign of herpes on the mouth, like a cold sore.
3. What percentage of cold sores are caused by HSV-1?
Answer: Cold sores are caused by HSV-1 89% of the time. Being infected with HSV-1 makes it more difficult to become infected with HSV-2, but it only offers partial immunity at best.
4. Genital HSV-2 infections are more common in women. How many women are genitally infected with HSV-2?
Answer: Approximately one in every four women has a genital HSV-2 infection. It’s more common in women than men, with one in every eight men having a genital HSV-2 infection.
5. True or false: Being infected with HSV-2 increases your chances of contracting H.I.V.
Someone infected with HSV-2 has a risk of acquiring H.I.V. that’s two to five times greater than someone who doesn’t have HSV-2. But HSV-1 doesn’t increase the risk of becoming infected with H.I.V.