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Can Genital Herpes Spread in the Body? polyDNA Surveys the Public Knowledge
Date:3/13/2013

Rochester, NY (PRWEB) March 13, 2013

Genital herpes can spread from one area in the body to another via touching active lesions, as well as through oral sex.

One survey respondent commented, “I mean I don’t know…can herpes really travel from one spot on your genitals to say, your legs or someplace else on your body? Sometimes I get sores and they’re not always in the same spot.” – Maria from Queens, NY

polyDNA would like to point out that several health authorities have shown that genital herpes can spread from the genital region elsewhere.

Dr. Thomas Nesbitt said, “Herpetic auto-inoculation from one part of the body to another is always possible but not always predictable. Herpetic infections can spread from one portion of the body to another, for example, from an active genital lesion to the eyes by one’s own hands.” (1) Dr. Nesbitt served as Clinical Microbiology Consultant to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. He is currently self-employed as a Microbiologist Consultant.

This means that it is normal for herpes outbreaks to sometimes jump around the general area, even by several inches, and that a person can potentially spread herpes from their genitals to other body parts.

However, this is rare.

In a study using a central Kentucky medical center population over a six year period, “HSV-2 was isolated from only 9.4% of patients with nongenital HSV for the entire 6-year period.” (2)

Thus, while spreading HSV-2 to multiple body locations is rare, it can happen.

Mike Evans, from the Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) said, “Many people are completely horrified when they get a diagnosis of herpes infection. That’s despite the fact that the CDC says that mos
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