Hi there -
1 - Skin to skin contact only.
2 - Yes, they are visible, and 2 days is the minimum in which they would show up.
3 - Yes, usually. Keep in mind that 90% of people with hsv2 don't even know they have it, so most outbreaks aren't all that severe.
4 - No, not always.
5 - 2-20 days is the usual time frame.
6 - See #3
7 - Yes.
8 - Yes, if the person has genital herpes type 2. If a person has genital herpes type 1, its lower. Its also a bit lower for men than it is for women.
9 - Absolutely. Nothing takes the place of communication.
You can also read the herpes handbook at www.westoverheights.com for more great info.
thanks for this.
From looking around on the internet there seems to be alot of conflicting information out there esp on the internet, hence the reason for the questions.
Understandable - there are a lot of lousy websites out there.
The herpes handbook and www.ashastd.org are the two best for herpes info.