Genital herpes can cause sores or cuts in the skin or in the inner lining of the mouth, vagina and rectum. The genital sores caused by herpes can bleed easily.
When the sores come in contact with the mouth, vagina or rectum during sex, this increases the risk of transmitting or contracting HIV if your sexual partner or sexual partners have HIV. Probably the risk of HIV is multiplied by five.
Talk to us if you want to get a HIV test, but we recommend that you do when the herpes is already well-cured, because it can interfere with the HIV test.