Everyone has questions about their bodies and their sexuallity at some point in their lives and many times are too afraid or embarrassed to ask such as with sexually transmitted diseases like herpes. Today we'll go over the basics of what herpes is, what herpes looks like, how it's contracted, and how to prevent it.

First it's important to understand that there are a few different types of the herpes simplex virus and of them we'll go over the two most prominent strains HSV-1 and HSV-2.

The first of the two is basically cold sores you see on people lips and around their mouths and the latter is genital herpes both of which are easily contractible by simple skin to skin contact.

What is The Herpes Simplex Virus

Herpes is a virus that is spread through skin to skin contact and is often known as "A kissing disease" or "The gift that lasts for ever" because it is not curable.

The virus has two main strains that we covered earlier each one effecting a different part of the body. Many times people are infected and don't even realize it.

What Does Herpes Look Like

Herpes is often thought of as nasty blisters that you have to take medicine to get rid of temporarily but it's not always that bad.

First many people have the disease and don't know it because they are just carriers of the disease and can transmit it to other people while others experience a red rash, small bumps, to puss filled blisters.

Here you can see lots of different pictures of herpes.

How is Herpes Contracted

Herpes is a very easy virus to catch because all that it takes is simple skin to skin contact whether through kissing or sexual touching. In fact condoms don't actually reduce the risk as much as people think when it comes to Herpes.

How to Prevent Herpes

Like most STDs herpes is very preventable. Just don't have sex. But that is not a reality for most people so the absolute next best thing is testing. There are many free testing STD clinics so there is no reason not to get tested BEFORE any sexual contact. Other than that always inspect your partner for any redness, bumps, or blisters and don't share drinks.