Occasionally, it can cause sores in the mouth, and can be spread through saliva (spit).Because the virus does not live outside the body for long, you cannot catch genital herpes from an object, such as a toilet seat. Like most STIs it is spoken of in whispers, as if contracting an STI – or even being worried that you might’ve contracted an STI – is something to be ashamed of.
Over the next few days, Sara says she “noticed some bumps down there”.
When the doctor confirmed that she had contracted herpes, Sara cried for three days.
Partly because of the pain – but also because she felt disgusted with herself.
Sometimes people who have genital herpes only have one outbreak.
Others have many outbreaks, which are less painful and shorter than the first episode. Once someone has been infected with the herpes virus, it stays in the body.