If you are sexually active the odds can be scary. Genital herpes (HSV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the USA. Most people that have herpes never know it. They are silent carriers of the HSV virus. That means they have either no symptoms or a very mild outbreak. On top of that, many people have an initial outbreak and never have one again.
Genital herpes is passed through sexual contact. And yes, kissing counts. The virus is absorbed into the body through the skin and uses the nervous system to travel throughout the body. There is most always an initial outbreak around 5 days to 2 weeks period from initial infection.
An outbreak indicates the virus is currently active in the individual. This also means the individual is contagious. Skin to skin contact with the infected area should be completely avoided.
If you think you may have been exposed to herpes there is an easy and quick way to get tested. In Plano, Texas you can go to Any Lab Test Now. A herpes test costs $49 and you will have results within 24hrs.