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What Is Genital Herpes

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on July 7, 2011 - 1:01 am (3649 views — 387 words)

What is genital herpes? This is mainly a highly infectious sexually-transmitted disease often caused by herpes simplex I virus and herpes simplex II virus. However, most of the time, genital herpes is caused by HS-II virus. Most of the times, the carriers of HSV-I and/or HSV-II infections are asymptomatic or do not know that they already have the virus.

Herpes simplex virus I and II are contained in the blisters and sores, may release in any outbreaks of the skin. Usually, HSV-II virus is transferrable to another individual by means of direct sexual contact to an individual with HSV-II. HSV-II mostly thrive the genitalia of the women, and this is considered to be the most common spot for herpes virus II. In addition, the virus can be easily transfer from an infected male to female partner than the infected female to male partner.

Most of the time, genital herpes occur in a matter of 2-20 days after direct contact, and could even continue up to many weeks. This has mild symptoms which are sometimes asymptomatic. This might takes longer or less severe in a few people, particularly to those individuals with partial immunity from herpes virus. Yet, 10-21 days after direct contact, the infected person may have obvious sores in his/her skin especially during the initial onset of the infection.


Here is a list of the different symptoms of genital herpes manifested by an infected individual:
•Lymph glands are engorged
•Excruciating blisters especially the area that surrounds it
•Muscle ache
•Headache
•Back ache particularly in the lower part
•Fever
•Abnormal penile and vaginal discharges
•Urethral infection which could cause burning sensation upon urination
•Painful sensation in the genital areas
•Small red lumps might appear in genital area, and later develop to painful blisters, which form a scab, then eventually heal.

Genital herpes treatment and cure of the infection is really not available, but antiviral medications could shorten and put off outbreaks throughout the time period of medication treatment. Additionally, daily suppressant therapy for the symptomatic herpes could lessen transmission to partners.

In fact, the most accurate way to keep away these sexually transmitted diseases, especially the genital herpes, is to abstain from any sexual contact, or having a monogamous kind of relationship with a single partner who has been examined and proven not infected with the disease.