HSV 101: How Is Genital Herpes Spread?
Herpes is a common disease of the body, which is caused by a virus and manifests itself in different forms. Herpes simplex (simple) is a virus type I, known as "cold sores" or "fever" on the lips. Herpes on the lips can be dangerous upon direct contact. Next, we will talk about genital herpes, as it is called a type II virus and is sexually transmitted.
How the virus infects the human body
Genital herpes is one of the most common infections that affect the skin or genital mucosa.
The incidence of herpes occurs through contact with an infected person. Most often infection occurs through kissing, sexual contact, use of shared towels, bedding or underwear.
It is worth noting that the herpes virus is only active in the aquatic environment. The infection is spread by airborne droplets. Genital herpes is spread by genital and anal sexual contact.
Viral particles after infection penetrate into the nerve trunks. Thus, the area in which the virus has already been, changes. Upon reaching the nerve cells of the virus DNA integrates into the genetic machinery of the affected cells. With the weakening of immunity of the herpes virus activates and causes the cell to synthesize the rest nervous particles. With the flow of blood, these particles can be spread throughout the human body. When the bubbles are opened, the infection may be released into the environment and infect others.
Issues caused by the herpes virus
The herpes virus can cause a number of issues:
· The duration of symptoms without treatment, which causes severe impact on the mental state affects the normal sexual life.
· Problems with urination in urinary retention and dysuria as a result of neuropathy
· High probability of infection of a sex partner.
· Extragenital dissemination of lesions for the next fabric, the eyes, and the mouth may be observed.
· Together with HPV promotes the development of uterine cervical tumors.
Especially dangerous is the combination of herpes simplex with pregnancy. The probability of infection of the fetus in the womb exceeds 50%. Infection of the child may lead to serious consequences – disorders of the nervous system, damage to eyes and skin.
Therapeutic Measures against herpes virus
Treatment of herpes should be carried out as early as possible. Completely withdraw the virus from the human body is almost impossible, but to stop its active life in terms of lesions of the genital organs is necessary.
Before the beginning of intensive therapy, the disease must be differentiated from other diseases of the genitourinary system. Diagnostic methods should be based on gene diagnostics as well. Basic and reliable is PCR, which can detect DNA of herpes. In addition, modern methods allow distinguishing HSV-1 from HSV-2, which is particularly important when determining the etiology of the disease.
The main objectives of treatment are the destructing of the virus in the urogenital system, stopping inflammation, eliminating symptoms, regenerating of damaged tissue, eliminating of recurrence of the disease. The mainstay of treatment is antiviral chemotherapy. The effectiveness of antiviral therapy increases with reduction of the period from infection to the start of the medication.
The intake of drugs should be strictly by prescription. In a chronic disease, with frequent relapses, the treatment will take a lot of time. In this case, the person should use drugs to improve the immune protection. For the relief of pain and other symptoms are recommended mild analgesics.
What should we do against herpes virus?
All in all, genital herpes is one of the most common diseases of the genitourinary system affecting both men and women. High prevalence of the pathology is associated with a unique persistence of the pathogen, which is almost impossible to completely withdraw from the human body. Of course, the human immune system is able to fight with its life, but by reducing the immunity, the person becomes vulnerable to this dangerous disease. Herpes on the genitals requires timely identification and effective treatment to eliminate the risk of serious complications. This disease may seem not serious, but you should know all the consequences it can have. Be careful during sexual contact and regularly control the state of your health. Everything depends on you and your attitude to the health. Be responsive and attentive.
Janet anonymity purchase medicine for herpes
Janet Jackson suffered from herpes secretly. Janet was using the name of her chef ( Macchi Ricardo) to acquire medicine prescription to cover her trails which was illegal. Macchi Ricardo went to The Los Angeles superior court to a file a complaint in the year 1999. Ricardo came to realize how his name was sabotaged when he came in contact with a prescription on Janet’s fridge with his name titled on it. He then got a printout from a local pharmacy printed his name with address of Janet’s house at Pacific coast.
Janet’s husband’s awareness
Being in a relationship with someone infected with herpes can be of a challenge. It is only for the other partner to decide if he/she can live with the idea of it or not. Rene Helizondo, the boyfriend to Janet Jackson, knew about the condition of her wife and was willing to support her wife all through. A good thing is Janet Jackson was able to tell her boyfriend about her condition.
The fact that Rene knew that his wife was affected with the virus it did not stop them from being in a happy relationship. The best thing is that they let the love come first. Let someone describe you from the love you offer. Since there is no way kissing or cuddling or just sleep with someone infected can ever pass the HSV 2. Then when you have settled and you want to begin a sexual relationship, now would be the right time to be open and let your partner know about your conditions.
How Janet’s boyfriend react
A good couple will discuss on the issue. Decide on what is best; if it is to break up or keep the partner and begin treatment of which is possible. A doubt of rejection also should be considered. May be the partner has no knowledge about the disease and may run away from the infected. There will always be someone who will be ready to accept, take you with the condition and willingly support you throughout the dilemma for the infection will never define what your virtues stand for.
Rene was always encouraging and giving hope to her in life. It is treatable and it should not be treated like HIV/AIDS. You should ensure your affected couple gets treatment before it gets worse. The couple also was educated on the herpes. If in case of a sexual contact protective should be used even though it won’t stop the whole virus. It should not be the one of a stepping stone on the journey of true love.
Victoria Beckham: The Rumor, Career and David
The Band of Spice Girls
Dubbed the Posh Spice back in 1996, Victoria Beckham was one of the 5 girls that made up the British group the spice girls. She has maintained her life in the limelight as a style icon and fashion designer. After gaining fame from her role in the group of the 1990s which was since abandoned, she moved to fashion. Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell made the rest of the group. They once re-grouped and made a successful comeback but everyone soon got busy with their own choices in life. Focusing on Pop music the group’s single; Wannabe, recorded in 1996 is to date, their most popular song.
With four children, Mrs. Beckham has starred in reality shows such as Victoria’s Secrets, The Real Beckhams and being Victoria Beckham. Thanks to her marriage to celebrity husband; David Beckham, Victoria’s life remained relevant to the mainstream media. The couple have dominated showbiz news with their never-disappointing stylish family and bliss. This 4th of July, the couple will be celebrating their 18th Wedding anniversary. Posh and Becks as how they are known at home, have made a fortune in business after she moved on from music. Their combined wealth is estimated at approximately USD 450 million.
The news about Victoria living with herpes was shocking. According to celebrity gossip channels, the couple is on a Hollywood celebrity list of those infected with Herpes. The even bigger problem is the source of the virus. It is alleged that David Beckham infected his wife but this is unverified and cannot be confirmed. It would be outrageous to make a guess of how they got infected without reliable medical reports.
This news simply adds her name to a long list of celebrities who are known carriers of the virus. It should not be intimidating and deprive her of her self-esteem. The rumor could be shocking at first especially appearing in public but soon becomes common as people soak in and get used to it. Since we are all human, we are vulnerable to diseases whether we contract them unknowingly or otherwise.
Herpes and Victoria’s Career
The 44-year-old mother of four should be brought down by this rumor. She should not because by attaining celebrity status back in the 1990s she has enough experience in negative information blown out of proportion regardless of their authenticity. It is part of life to have your private life exposed and spread like wildfire to extents you would never imagine. There are times when rumors sell more than verified information that is intended.
Over thinking about her condition may affect her career. Facing people who are judging you and looking for an opportunity to taint your image can be frustrating. Being a celebrity also means you have accumulated enemies in rivals who thrive at any mishaps in your life. By admitting and coming out openly to her fans helps her get the sympathy and understanding from them.
The life of a celebrity is especially complex when they have to deal with an embarrassing situation. Popular female celebrities such as Janet Jackson and Britney Spears admitted to the rumors and chose to embrace and live positively with the condition.
Other famous male stars diagnosed with the disease include Bill Clinton who is a known carrier. Brad Pitt and Robin Williams also carry the common STD. Victoria and her famous husband need not worry themselves sick because they are not alone.
Does Herpes Affect her Family and Sex Life?
Victoria Beckham also has children who may be subjected to prejudice at school or bullied. Her first born Brooklyn Joseph is just a year shy of his 18th birthday. He is therefore, aware and exposed to news and rumors about his parents both good and bad. He may have learnt to deal with the shocking news and disturbing rumors but her mother’s sexual information is of a disturbing standard even for his experience. The rest of the teenagers will also have to learn from their older sibling. Most importantly, the parents should talk to the children regularly about dealing with publicized news on their parents’ privacy.
It is a difficult conversation to start, no doubt. But it is extremely essential, for the safety of both of you. Asking your partner to go get tested can lead to emotions and misunderstanding. In fact, it will certainly lead to a misunderstanding and you will have to explain yourself for a while. It is no easy task but should not be assumed or avoided. The question might hurt feelings. In most cases, your partner will think you don’t trust them like they carelessly sleep around. If you are going to ask your partner, which you should, be prepared to handle such.
Nevertheless, you can find a smoother way of making the request. First, you should make sure you are all going to get tested; he/she should not feel it is an accusation. You have to find a way to explain that it is for the benefit of everyone. There are no definite words that 'should' be used to make the request. Just make sure it comes out smoothly and you are not misunderstood. This is important because is your partner does not understand the reasons, you will not get tested, which should not be an option especially if you are to engage in sex.
Why it is important to get tested
It is a common belief that sexually transmitted diseases can only be found when sleeping around or ‘dirty living. While the inception and discovery of the diseases were on this basis and this statement was true, it does not apply now. You may want to look at it as a far and strange disease that cannot be near you or your partner because of your lifestyles. You should consider that in as much as sexual intercourse is the primary transmission mode, STIs can also be transmitted through other forms; body contact and sharing of unsterilized equipment with an infected person.
The reality is STIs are much more common than you might imagine. Herpes, for instance, exists for years in a dormant state. You might have contracted the disease several years ago and you do not know same as your partner. Body contact, particularly sexual intercourse, guarantees transmission from one person to another. Testing is a safety measure that should not be datable in your mind. Take the lead and request your partner to go for a test, both of you!
It is not easy to make the request because of possible misunderstandings that can actually ruin your relationship, permanently. Find a way of making the request and demonstrate why it is important for both of you. STIs are deadly diseases that should be avoided at all cost, if you have it, it is okay because you can follow treatment guidelines but do not contract it because of assumptions and negligence. STIs not only damage the human body but the mind, you might not want to experience that.
Where to start
What applied to me ay not apply to you. People differ in personality and perception of various issues in society. By the time you are sexually relating with your partner, you must be acquainted with your partner’s personality and temperaments. How to break news and how people react and respond to unpleasant statements is important in a relationship. Nevertheless, there are general guidelines and tips you can consider and apply to ensure you achieve the goal of testing for herpes.
To begin such a conversation, you can disclose to your partner of the last time you were tested with STI and ask the same of them. CDC recommends that partners should get tested for STIs at least once every year. This is applicable to all Americans. This helps you to establish when they last had a test, if they ever had, and if it is necessary to test for herpes. You might be surprised that your partner was on a test the previous week, and because it is a delicate issue to discuss, she did not bring it up.
This lays a basis for further discussion and decisions on the same. The two of you have to be open to discussions to succeed in such discussions. Remember, some STIs go up to six months before showing any symptoms.
Genital Herpes is a common viral disease that attacks the nerve cells in a human body. While the cause of the virus is not yet established, its effects and spread through the human body is immense. It can easily be passed from one body to another through physical touch. This is because the virus matures and moves from nerve cells to multiply on membranes, usually the skin. While it is a disease and you should be cautious not to contract it, the virus is unique. It operates in phases. In the first one or two outbreaks, the virus is strong and infectious; this is also the period when it comes to the membranes. The virus is characterized by cold sores either around the genitals or around the mouth and lips. The symptoms appear on either of these two body regions depending on the type of virus; HSV-1 or HSV-2.
Mode of Transmission
The fact that herpes attacks the nerve cells, the primary mode of transmission is through physical touch. In fact, it is the only way the disease can transmit. There is little to do with body fluids when it comes to spreading of genital herpes. You do not have to worry about dating or engaging in sex. While you have the responsibility to let your partner know, it is up to you depending on how you’ve managed the disease with respect to exposure of the cold sores.
Sores on the lips and around the mouth can easily transfer the HSV virus to another person if you happen to kiss someone when dating them. In the same way, infections around the genitals can affect your partner if you come in contact, not fluids but the skin. Typically, the sores are small and may not be seen. They do not itch. In fact, you may not know you have them unless you go check. Oral sex can also lead to transmission of the virus because the skins come into contact.
Should you be concerned about blood infections?
No, absolutely not. Unlike most of the other viruses, HSV does not transmit through blood. Some and most of the STDs are passed from one person to another through body fluids that include blood. While you should be careful when coming into contact with another person’s body fluids as a universal health protection tip, HSV is out of the umbrella.
You ask, “Even when I donate blood?” Yes! You can absolutely donate blood if you are infected with HSV. Whether it is oral herpes or genital herpes, you are at liberty to give blood and save another person’s life.
Blood donation: Best for body
Apart from kissing, sexual intercourse, skin contact, and sharing utensils, there is no other way for HSV to move from one body to another. According to the America Red Cross, it is perfect for you to donate blood. The blood is healthy for use in another body. Nevertheless, the organization provides some guidelines and cautions you should consider before donating blood.
It is advisable to go on and donate blood if you have had the virus for a while. This is because, on the first and second outbreak, the virus is usually strong and may find any excuse to get to another body. While it cannot move through blood, it is safe to wait for few more weeks after you have contracted the virus to donate blood. This is actually in your body’s best interest.
Additionally, if you are having any kind of infection or illness, wait till you feel stable before giving out your blood. Again, this is in your best interest. When your body is sickly, the white blood cells and immunity is naturally fighting the bacteria. In fact, medication only boosts your immunity and cells ability to fight diseases. Thus, your blood being center to the transportation of these cells should not be interfered with. At this time of infection, you need as much blood as possible to help in regaining your full health. Giving out blood reduces blood levels, which can significantly affect your healing process.
So, yea you can donate blood when infected with HSV. The infection is on the nerve cells thus freeing your blood of any herpes related infection.