What is Herpes?
Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus commonly known as the HSV. What is important to know about this viral infection is that it lasts a long time. Moreover, it may never show any symptom although one is a carrier. It irritates the skin mostly affecting outer parts of the genitals, the anal region, and the mucosal surfaces. A patient will display blisters and complain of pain while passing out urine. Although various people claim to cure Herpes, there is neither an official curative treatment nor a method to keep from contracting herpes. Once you contract it you will need to learn to live with herpes.
The two types of herpes infection are Herpes type one; HSV1, also called oral herpes and type 2 (HSV-2) which is genital herpes. In the United States, half the population has HSV-1 while 15% suffer from type 2 appearing on the genitals.
HSV can be transmitted from the skin of an infected person via the moist skin aligning the mouth and genitals. Others experience sores on various parts of the skin including the eyes. No human contracts HSV by touching objects such as work surfaces or towels so do not feel vulnerable or in danger. Getting herpes from sharing a toilet is also impossible but still a very widespread rumor. Receiving oral sex from an infected person with HSV-1 may, however, transmit the infection.
How do you Get Herpes?
Apart from unprotected straight sex, infection of Herpes occurs mainly via oral sex with a patient who has cold sores on the mouth region, sharing sex toys, and having contact of the genitals with an infected person. An infected mother may also infect her baby during birth.
Not many people get the symptoms as soon as 4 days after exposure to the infection. It may take months before the sores appear. Many patients have recurring Herpes that become less severe over time.
Unprotected sex exposure to the virus remains the main form of transmission. Primary infection defines an outbreak of Genital Herpes when it first attacks an individual. The symptoms are usually severely characterized by red blisters, pain and itching, and vaginal discharge. The patient may also experience fever and the general feel of being unwell (malaise).