Those with open sores might have a Both genital and oral herpes have been around for thousands of years.

The two herpes simplex viruses weren't treated until antiviral medications began being explored in the early 1960's.

They are usually painless and do not pose a serious threat to health.

To completely avoid ever contracting HSV-2 you would need to abstain from all oral, vaginal and anal sex.

You can reduce your risk of getting genital herpes by having a long term monogamous relationship where both partners have tested negative for the disease.

Often mothers may be prescribed low dosage antiviral medications in the later stages of the pregnancy to reduce the risk of active infection during childbirth.

A child passing through the birth canal of a mother with genital herpes can become infected with the virus. Once the virus has entered your body it will remain there for life.

Your doctor should run a full blood panel that will pick up the infection but be sure to bring it up as soon as possible.

Genital herpes poses a number of health risks to a pregnant mother and her baby including premature births and miscarriages.

However, many treatments can take up to three months before they are fully effective.

If you are diagnosed with genital warts, it is recommended you do not have sex, including anal and oral sex, until your genital warts have fully healed. Genital warts are most common in sexually active teenagers and young adults.

You can make an appointment at your local sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic.

You can go to a sexual health clinic whatever age you are.

Herpes is most contagious with an open sore however the disease can still be passed even with no visible signs or sores.