Question: What are the chances of getting herpes in Australia?

In Australia it is estimated that three-quarters of Australian adults are infected with HSV1, and one in ten adults with HSV2. Women are more likely to be infected with HSV2 than men. HSV enters the body through the skin on the mouth, genitals and anus or small cuts in the skin elsewhere on the body.

What are the chances of catching herpes?

Yes! According to a 2010 study conducted by Emily T. Martin and others, there is a high risk of herpes transmission during protected sex when one of the partners is herpes-positive. The probability reaches 50% to 70%.

Is herpes easily caught?

Herpes is easily spread from skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the virus. You can get it when your genitals and/or mouth touch their genitals and/or mouth — usually during oral, anal, and vaginal sex.

Can I be exposed to herpes and not get it?

It turns out you can have herpes without knowing it, even in a monogamous relationship. Thats because even if there are no noticeable symptoms like small red bumps, white blisters, pain, or itching, you can still spread the viral cells and unknowingly infect a partner.

Is herpes a notifiable disease in Australia?

Herpes is not a notifiable condition.

Do you have to disclose herpes in Australia?

In most Australian states, if you have certain STIs, you have a legal responsibility to notify your potential sexual partners. The NSW government last week passed an amendment to the states Public Health Act that increased the associated penalties by doubling the maximum fines and adding potential jail time.

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