This post will talk about the most important points about Herpes. To learn more about this disease, click on the blue links within this post. They will take you to more detailed information.
Herpes is a common Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD); and has been around for hundreds of years. The strange thing is there are two types of the Herpes virus. Here are 6 essential things you need to know about Herpes.
Want to know more? Keep reading.
The types of Herpes and what they are
The first type of Herpes is Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1). It’s also known as Oral Herpes. Most folks get this virus when they are children or in their teen years.
With this type, cold sores (called Herpes Sores) will appear on your lips or around your mouth. HSV-1 is transmitted through saliva and the fluid from the Herpes sores. If you engage in oral sex, you can spread Herpes to someone’s genitals!
Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2) is referred to as Genital Herpes. If you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who is infected, you can become infected too! You can, also, get infected by touching the Herpes sores or the skin of an infected person.
So be aware! Sometimes the sores may not be visible. They can hide within skin folds or on the underside of the penis.
Not all infected people have symptoms. Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still pass the infection on to other people. Here are some of the common symptoms:
-Pain or itching around the genitals
-Discharge from the penis and vagina
-Small bumps or blisters around the genitals, anus, or mouth
-Scabs that occur when the blisters burst and start to heal
Symptoms can show up within 2-12 days after being infected. If you have any of these symptoms, please get checked out by a medical professional. It might be nothing but, then again, it might be Herpes.
What do you do if you are pregnant and have Herpes?
If you are pregnant and have Herpes, medical attention is a necessity! The virus can be passed to the baby during a vaginal birth. So if doctors know you have Herpes, they can take steps to help you and your child.
Treatment for Herpes
Once you get Herpes, you’ve got it for life. There isn’t a cure.
Side note: Once you have the virus, there may be times when you are more infectious to other people. During these times, blisters may appear along with flu-like symptoms.
Once the blisters break, the Herpes sores appear. This is called an “outbreak”.
The first one is usually the worst. After that, following outbreaks are usually shorter and milder. Since Herpes goes away and comes back, it has the nickname ‘The Gift That Keeps On Giving‘.
Ways to prevent Herpes
There are three ways to reduce the chances of getting Genital Herpes.
1) Being in a long-term monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and does not have herpes.
2) Using condoms correctly every time you have sex. Please be aware that sometimes sores may be in places that a condom can’t cover, therefore you are still at risk of being infected.
Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that is made up of two types of viruses. One, Herpes Simplex 1, is transmitted through saliva and contact with the Herpes sores. The other virus, Herpes Simplex 2, is passed during sexual contact.
There is no cure and sometimes no symptoms. To lower your risk of getting herpes, practice careful prevention steps like: being in a committed relationship, using condoms correctly, and/or practicing abstinence.
Please keep these 6 essential things you need to know about Herpes in mind.
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