Can You Donate Blood if You Have Herpes and Other Common Questions

When you discover you have the herpes virus it can throw up a lot of questions. Whether it’s HSV1 or HSV2, you might feel yourself confused about your next steps. As there isn’t yet a cure for herpes and it is highly contagious when active, you might feel like there are some activities that you can no longer partake in however this might not be the case. Let’s look at some of the most common questions.

Can You Donate Blood if You Have Herpes?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to herpes and the answer is quite simple: Yes. As the virus isn’t found in blood it means that you are able to give blood even when you have an active outbreak of the virus.

Can You Get Herpes From Sharing a Drink?

Although the herpes virus is highly contagious it is also incredibly delicate. It needs to be somewhere comfortable to live in order for it to pass from one person to the next and means it dies out very quickly on objects other than the body itself. As a result it means that you cannot contract herpes simply through sharing a drink with someone who has it.

Can My Children Catch Herpes From Me?

If you have genital herpes (HSV2) then you don’t need to worry about this being passed onto your children through normal activities. Even sharing a bath with your child won’t pass the virus on as the virus is so delicate. In order for it to survive it has to be in living cells and normal activities such as hugging, touching or sharing will not affect this.

Can My Partner Catch Herpes From Sharing a Bed?

HSV cannot be passed through any secondary means and so sharing a bed with your partner isn’t an issue. As the herpes virus cannot live on bed sheets there is no reason for it to pass on through this manner and also means you don’t need to worry about washing different clothes separately during an outbreak. The only way herpes is caught is through direct contact.

Can You Catch Genital Herpes From a Cold Sore?

Yes, if a person with cold sores performs oral sex on their partner then it is possible for the partner to contract genital herpes. Similarly, it is possible to contract cold sores through performing oral sex on someone with genital herpes. While a person has cold sores they are infectious but only on their face so it is still possible to have sex during this period however they should avoid kissing or oral sex while the cold sore is active.


Can a Condom Prevent the Transmission of Genital Herpes?

As the herpes virus cannot get through a condom it is a good way of protecting a partner from contracting the virus. The condom must be on the penis before any contact is made however it wont protect from transmission if the virus is active on the area uncovered by the condom.

Will My Baby Be Affected By Herpes?

Yes, your baby can contract neonatal herpes, however, it is very rare. This does not mean that one should avoid the fact they have the disease because neonatal herpes can be devastating to a newborn. An infected mother should consult with her doctor or midwife and decide together what precautions are to be taken for the birth of the child.


Author: Milo

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