DID MY FAMILY GIVE ME HERPES?
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.