Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - DEAR ZELDA -

I have been in a long-dis­tance, lov­ing re­la­tion­ship for six years and there has al­ways been great chem­istry be­tween us. The last time we were to­gether, I noticed that there was a strange rash on his lips. The doc­tor told him it was her­pes. We have al­ways been faith­ful. I think that he must have got it from me as I have a fam­ily mem­ber who has her­pes and I might have caught it from them – not through sex­ual con­tact, of course. How do I find out if I have it? I don’t want to see my GP. This is con­cern­ing. Are you sure that your boyfriend has not con­tracted her­pes from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships? The her­pes sim­plex virus is re­spon­si­ble for both cold sores and gen­i­tal her­pes. A rel­a­tive with a cold sore can pass on the virus by just giv­ing you a kiss and it can lie dor­mant for sev­eral years. Your boyfriend could have caught it that way and you could have, too. If some­one has cold sores and they have oral sex, then they can also give their part­ner gen­i­tal her­pes. It is im­por­tant to seek help. Please go on­line to find a Well Woman Cen­tre clinic near you (well­wom­an­cen­tre.ie). They also have good in­for­ma­tion about sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases on their web­site. Her­pes can be treated with an­tivi­ral tablets.

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