Hello Ladies, I've never posted in this area of PF before, but I feel compelled to after speaking with a close girlfriend who recently learned very upsetting news from her doctor. She went in because she was having vaginal discomfort and thought she had a tear or something from rough sex. After doing a culture however, it turns out she tested positive for Herpes-1 (this is the strain that causes cold sores, not Herpes-2 the typical STD). When she spoke with her doctor further about how it could have been transmitted to her (she always uses a condom), her doctor said through oral sex with someone who had cold sores!!!! I was shocked to hear that, and even more shocked to hear that someone can be infected with the virus for years and not have a break out and therefore know they are infected, that blood tests can come back negative even if someone has been infected and is a carrier, and also that it can be transmitted even when there are no break outs!!! I plan to speak with my doctor about this the next time I have an annual pap. It all sounds crazy because I was never told these things during sex ed all those years ago. Anyhow, sorry for the gross post - I just felt it is important for more women to be aware of this, and to take extra precautions (especially because it also applies to the more severe strain of herpes - Herpes-2, more commonly identified STD). p.s. sorry for the long post.