Herpes is an infection that manifests itself in two forms, Cold Sores and Genital Herpes. There are two types of the virus, HSV 1, which mostly affects the mouth area, and HSV 2, often referred to as Genital Herpes. It is important to note, however, that HSV 1 and HSV 2 can both affect the mouth and genital areas. The disease can increase one's risk of contracting HIV, so safer sex is a must for Herpes sufferers. While some may exhibit no symptoms, others may experience various symptoms frequently.
Symptoms (Men and women)
Painful lesions on the genitals, anus, and surrounding area may occur in both men and women, and women may experience cervical blisters. Discharge from the penis, or irregular vaginal discharge may also indicate the presence of Herpes. Painful cold sores around the mouth, flu-like symptoms, and painful urination are all Herpes symptoms.
Genital Herpes can be transmitted through vaginal, anal, oral sex, and rarely mothers can pass the disease to their baby during birth. Genital Herles is principally an STD (sexually transmitted disease). Cold sores can be caught by kissing or oral sex.
A sample of the sore, visual examination, and a simple blood test can all be used to diagnose Herpes, so visit your GP or STD clinic if you suspect Herpes infection.
Antiviral medication and pain relievers can help Herpes sufferers. It is often advised that the Herpes sufferer keep the area dry and wear loose clothing.