Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. One in six people in the United States suffers from this disease. It is more common than you think. Like any other sexually transmitted disease, it is extremely important to have adequate protection (use a condom) while engaging in sexual activities.
Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus.
- HSV-1 is most commonly associated with blisters and sores around the mouth known as cold sores.
- HSV-2 is associated with blistering lesions in the genital areas that are exposed during sexual contact.
However, both types of herpes simplex virus can infect the mouth or genital area, which means that genital contact with an ulcer in the mouth can lead to genital herpes. Similarly, kissing someone who has cold sores can spread the infection of herpes simplex virus.
After the outbreak of herpes, the virus travels through nerves and resides in nerve tissue within the body.
Most people with genital herpes do not know they have it. That is because in most people no symptoms or very mild occurs.
Symptoms of genital herpes:
a) The area around your genitals turns red and cracked without any pain or itching.
b) Itching around the anal region
c) The blisters around the genitals can cause immense pain when broken open.
d) The pain in open wounds while urination.
e) headaches and backaches.
f) Flu and swollen lymph nodes are common.
g) Fatigue is also felt if you suffer from genital herpes.
Symptoms like these can be confused with other infections such as vaginal yeast infections, bacterial infections and bladder infections. Therefore, if you are suffering from these symptoms it is advisable to go for a health check, followed by a physical exam and a blood test to confirm whether or not you have genital herpes.
How can you get spread?
you can only get genital herpes vaginal intercourse and anal or oral intercourse not. The fluid present in a patient’s pain genital herpes has infected fluid. If the fluid comes into contact with the sex organs of your partner to have relationships that may be infected easily.
symptoms can be treated?
There is no cure for genital herpes. However, symptoms can be reduced with treatment and prevention. Treatment may also reduce the risk of infecting others.
The provider may prescribe antiviral drugs to help prevent or reduce the pain and discomfort of an outbreak of symptoms. Medications taken on a daily basis to suppress the virus can reduce the number of outbreaks and reduce the risk of infecting others
How to prevent genital herpes:
- Try to have sex with people who have been tested negative for herpes or other STDs.
- Use a latex condom during sex. any type of liquid inside your partner’s genitals pass is avoided.