Genital Warts And Dating
Protecting A Partner From Genital Warts When Dating Means Watching For Outbreaks And Practicing Safe Sex.
Genital Warts, also known as genital herpes, is a sexually transmitted disease, also known as an STD. This means that the condition can be transmitted from one person to the next through close sexual contact, including intercourse, oral sex and, in certain circumstances, intimate touching. When dating someone, one must be careful not to put the other person in danger of contracting the disease. The fact that genital herpes is a virus means that, once it is contracted, it is a permanent condition. This does not mean that the warts themselves, and other symptoms, such as itching, are always present, but that they will show up intermittently.
Each time the symptoms are present, it is known as an outbreak. Genital warts are only transmittable during an outbreak when symptoms are in existence. Genital herpes can also be transmitted to a baby during birth if it occurs during an outbreak. If a couple wishes to have any type of sexual relationship, the first thing an infected partner must do is to tell their partner that they have the condition and educate them about it. The couple should restrict sexual contact to times between outbreaks of the warts or practice safe sex. This means using condoms and dental dams, if necessary.
Birth control, such as birth control pills, diaphragms, spermicidal gels and foams do not protect against genital herpes as well as any other STD. Of course, the only way to prevent any STD completely is through total abstinence. Genital herpes are only one type of herpes. There are also facial herpes. Some people refer to these as cold sores. They mostly appear around the lips and nose, but have been known to appear anywhere on the face. This is also an incurable virus, but is not transmitted sexually. It is a hereditary condition.