Ask anyone who gets cold sores and they'll tell you how unpleasant these little sores and blisters can be. Cold sores, which usually appear on your lips or the skin around your mouth, are also known as oral herpes and are caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV. This virus is also responsible for blisters and sores in the genital area, known as genital herpes. Unfortunately, the short answer is yes, according to sexual health physician Terri Foran. To understand why — the first thing you need to know is that there are two types of HSV.
The Safest Way to Have Sex When You're Fighting the Flu
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You can't do much when you're sick, but you can still get it on. Probably the last thing you feel like doing when you're nursing a cold or the flu is getting hot and bothered. But here's a reason to reconsider: People who have sex one to two times a week actually produce more of the antibody that prevents illnesses , which boosts your immune system. Sex, one could argue, might actually help you get over your illness. While certain face-to-face positions are off the table sorry, missionary and kissing is out of the question, there are plenty of pleasure-producing moves you can still enjoy. Sure it sounds tame, but lying near your partner on a bed and playing with just yourselves has some sweet benefits. Getting it on back to front is one of the easiest ways to avoid the face-to-face connection.
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The flu can be such an inconvenience, keeping you holed up in your home feeling like a sack of phlegm. But so long as you can keep the ooze factor under control—and you have a willing partner—you can still get sexy. And to great gain: The flood of sex-induced endorphins will help ease your pain, at least temporarily.
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