What is Herpes?
Herpes is a viral infection which often affects the mouth area which is known as oral herpes or indeed around the genital area which is known as genital herpes.
What is the difference between HSV1 or HSV2?
Historically or classically people need to see that there are two types of herpes to start with basically the perfect type one virus(HSV1) and herpes type two virus.(HSV2). I suppose in the olden days our previous to our current knowledge herpes type one (HSV1) was considered an infection of the lips or others mentioned before the oral labial area. Herpes type 2 was considered an infection of the genital area. But as social patterns have changed and people have sex in different ways (Oral Sex) we know now that you can get Herpes type two(HSV2) on the mouth and you can get herpes type one(HSV1) of the genitals. So, it’s not as simple as saying herpes type one(HSV1) is mouth related and herpes type two(HSV2) is genital related. You can get both in both cases.
What are the symptoms of genital herpes?
So, herpes generally when you get your first outbreak of herpes it is very painful. It generally comes on after about two to five days after sexual exposure and the sexual exposure can be oral sex, anal sex, the vaginal sex and the types of symptoms that you develop are as follows
Painful fluid-filled blisters: so you get these tiny looking yellow or green fluid-filled blisters around the size of contact. so that can be around the anus area or anal area, around the vagina area, on the penis, and of course, you can get ahead break around the lips.
Do you always know if you have genital herpes?
As mentioned above painful blisters is the way it presents you have your first outbreak of herpes. Its always know about it can be really painful. Other very common signs or symptoms of herpes would include; flu-like illness: you might feel like you’ve got a cold or flu or if it’s sugary or shaky or your muscles are a little bit sore around your bum area, around your thighs.
Other symptoms include pain when you pee or a very painful and unusual discharge from vagina or penis this may be grey green or yellow color. and of course, you may experience severe pain during sex.But most people during their primary outbreak of herpes wouldn’t have sex because it is such a painful and experienced.
Can Herpes be cured?
Wel this is where the problem with Herpes lies and this is where it’s important that the very first time you get herpes infection that you have a really really good education that you see a specialist doctor who deals with sexual infections. So herpes cannot be cured but that does not mean herpes is all bad news. The vast majority of people therapies, they never get another outbreak again.
That’s really important to tell you that. That’s the most important thing you hear. If you do get another outbreak it’s always less painful and lasts a shorter amount of time than before.So the news isn’t all bad and a lot of Internet traffic and a lot of blog sites really plan it’s talking about a lot of doom and gloom about herpes and there’s really no need. Most importantly, you can do is talk to a specialist doctor and or go to a sexual health clinic where they will give you proper advice but herpes. Unfortunately, it isn’t curable you do end up having it for life.
How common is Herpes?
Herpes is a very common form of STD, especially HSV1. As mentioned before, there’s herpes type 1 and herpes type 2. Herpes type 1 in some countries mostly in developed countries like North America (USA) countries can be as common as 80 to 90% have these antibodies to herpes type one entering your blood.
One can get infected when he or she or a kid from getting a kiss from his/her mom or dad, from our brothers or sisters and that’s the most common way of getting herpes.
HSV1 is when you have it you have these antibodies floating around your blood. They didn’t do any harm at all they’re just the same as having antibodies to a cold or a flu virus. They don’t do any harm and up to 90 percent of people will have antibodies to type 1 meaning they’ve been exposed already. So that follows on to the herpes type 2.
So, how common is type 2? Herpes type 2 is also really common and in some countries, it is up to 60% of the population has herpes type 2. That is why we wanted to reiterate to you that it’s not all as serious and as doom and gloom as you may think.
How is herpes tested for?
Herpes is tested most commonly from one of the blisters you take a swab from it or what in the medical terminology we call a lesion so you go to doctors if you think you’re having a night break and they’ll take a little swab from that area
alternately. If you’re shedding the virus in the vaginal area or in the urinary tract and this is called viral shedding and we you can provide a urine sample for STD testing and that’s the test that we offer to test for herpes near you.
Is herpes treatable?
As mentioned before herpes isn’t curable and that’s what causes a lot of upset about us. However, it is really good medication out there called antivirals. So, the minute you think you are getting an outbreak in the form of tingling or itching around the genital area or indeed muscle pain or the blisters that we talked about. before. So the minute you think you are getting outbreak you go to your doctor and you get some antivirals for three days and most doctors once you’re diagnosed with herpes we’ll give you what is called as a repeat prescription, so you can go to your pharmacy and get that feel the minute you think you’re getting an outbreak and that’s an important thing to ask your family doctor or your specialist doctor for.
What does Antiviral in case of herpes does?
As mentioned herpes isn’t curable, it lives in the little nerve endings beneath the skin and when it wakes up it causes an outbreak and that’s when you go on the antiviral medication. The important things you’d remember about the antiviral medication is even though it’s not curable, what it does what’s really good about it. It reduces the pain of herpes. It reduces the time of an outbreak and it also would stop the transmitting the virus to your sexual partner. That also helps reduce the anxiety for you in your brain.
Can you still have sex if you have Herpes?
So can you still have sex if you have herpes? of course yes, because as mentioned before that the 80% of people in the population have type 1 in their blood 40-% of people have type 2 so you kind of sex however because it isn’t the curable as sexual infection, we do tell you that you must have sexual partners, that you have had in the past or did you the history of it. and what is advised to the patients, is to just avoid sex during an outbreak or if you think you’re about to develop an outbreak. Because that’s where the virus is more active in your skin and we call it viral shedding. Its the state when all the time skin is dying off and you’re losing skin and as the virus lives in the upper layers of the skin, if you’re shedding the virus that’s when you’re very infectious, and that’s also one of the times when we recommend that you go on your antiviral medication. That will reduce how infectious you are. So in summary, you can of course still have a normal full healthy sex life but it is advisable to tell your sex partners.
How common are herpes outbreaks?
One of the most common questions that patients ask because they are generally very upset about the herpes diagnosis because of that terrible word “herpes” and its incurable nature.How its often do you get outbreaks after your initial outbreak? so just to recap that your initial outbreak is always the most painful and it lasts the longest. Any subsequent outbreak or further outbreaks are shorter and they’re much less painful. So, how many outbreaks are you going to get well first of all the most important in stage two is that in the first six months that is when you and your doctor get a good idea of what the future patterns are going to be like.
If you don’t get many outbreaks in the first six months after your initial outbreak or your primary outbreak it’s a pretty good sign that the herpes virus is going to burn itself out and not cause you too much trouble. If however, you’re unfortunate enough to get many outbreaks in the first six months that gives your doctor an idea of maybe perhaps you need to take an antiviral tablet every day to prevent future outbreaks. This is a really successful as a treatment.
Which type of Herpes is the worst?
The worst type of herpes to get Herpes type 1(HSV1) or Herpes type 2(HSV2) and in reality herpes type 1 tends, to not come back as frequently or not cause as many outbreaks and tends not to be painful. It’s also much more common in the general population. Herpes type 2(HSV2) does tend to cause and more outbreaks and tends to be a little more painful at the first outbreak. In the first six months after infection, that would give you and your doctor a good idea if you need to be on a regular antiviral medication or not.
How can you get tested for Herpes?
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