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Herpes Symptoms, Testing and Treatment

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The 2 Types (strains) of herpes caused by the "Herpes Simplex Virus" (HSV) are Oral (HSV-1) and Genital (HSV-2). Symptoms will start showing up 4 days after exposure & last up to 4 weeks. Once you’re infected the following outbreaks tend to be milder. Herpes can also by symptomless.

In Women red lesions will show up on the Vagina including clitoris and other parts of the vulva, anus and buttocks. In Men, same lesions but on the Penis head, shaft and other genital regions including thigh and buttocks.

Oral Herpes Symptoms (1)

  • Cold Sores on or around mouth.
  • Fever blisters on or around mouth.

Genital Herpes Symptoms

  • Painful, blistering sores on the genitals.
  • Burning, itching and painful discharge from either the penis or vagina. 
  • Painful urination has also been noted.
  • Flu-like symptoms have also occurred with genital herpes.
  • Swollen lymph glands.

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Note: You can avoid Health Problems if your STI is Detected & Treated.


Transmission

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) the people infected with HSV-2 Genital herpes in the United States is around 16 percent of 14 to 49 year old's. Apparently 80 percent of people infected don’t know they are and with 3 quarters of a million new cases a year this is turning into an uphill battle.

Worldwide cases of Oral Herpes (HSV- 1) infection is more than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50, or 67% of the world’s population according to the WHO (World Health Organization).

This STD can be transferred with direct contact with the skin surface that is infected. This includes both Intercourse and Oral Sex. Transfer from genital to genital, genital to mouth and mouth to genital. Not a good idea to have sex when someone has a Herpes outbreak including Genital and Oral. Practicing safe sex should be respected at all times.



Herpes Treatments

There is no cure for genital herpes (2), but antiviral drugs are available to help manage the symptoms. The most popular medications are acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex). If flair-ups still occur, these pills can lessen the symptoms & their duration.

Is Herpes Curable?

No cure but there are treatments to shorten the outbreaks. (CDC)

Conclusion

To avoid being infected practice safe sex which includes using condoms and not engaging in sex with an infected person. If you have any of these symptoms you should be tested ASAP (as soon as possible) and sexual partners be contacted.

Resources

  • CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm
  • WHO - http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/28-10-2015-globally-an-estimated-two-thirds-of-the-population-under-50-are-infected-with-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1
  • Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genital_herpes

References

1. STD Facts - Genital Herpes (cdc.gov)

2. CDC – Genital Herpes Treatment


FAQ: How do I know if I have an STD? By Getting Tested.


About STD Symptoms 

Because STDs do have Similar Symptoms it might be difficult to tell which Individual STD you have contracted. Getting tested for Multiple STDs (Panel Test) will resolve that issue.

Also, our body's Immune System reacts differently when infected, so certain people might not show any signs (Symptomless) of infection for Months or even Years.  

Why Get Tested & Treated

  • To Positively Know if you have an STD.
  • To Get Access to Proper Treatment. 
  • Avoid Health Problems associated with Untreated STIs.
  • Avoid Legal Issues connected with Spreading STDs.

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  1. Infertility​
  2. Pregnancy Complications
  3. Increased Risk of Certain Cancers
  4. Infection with HIV

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