Herpes-What is It, and What Causes It?
Today, multiple kinds of STD’s are traveling every country of the world. One of the most contagious of these is the herpes virus.While there are multiple types of herpes, the most common type that we hear about is genital herpes. What is the cause of herpes and how is it transmitted?
There are-as previously mentioned-several kinds of virii which are known as herpes, and these are what cause the herpes infections. HSV causes genital herpes but also causes other issues as well, while another type of herpes virus may cause multiple disease processes. All of these types of Herpes can afflict men or women equally easily and both are typically transmitted by means of oral or of sexual contact. This virus, herpes simplex or other members of the herpes family, such as EPV, also cause other disease processes, including:
- Oral herpes
- cold sores
Genital herpes do not know an age or a sex that they can’t affect. The very youngest person to be diagnosed with herpes virus genitally was only 11 years old. This means that even very young children may be affected by the virus. Women are more often affected than men, but typically men carry the virus to the woman and are not aware that they are infected.
Herpes has many different symptoms and quite often may have no symptoms at all. Those who are infected with genital herpes will often note swollen lymph nodes, painful sores that can be in the anal or genital area, and may last for two to three weeks. Herpes may be internal and may not cause symptoms, or may be external, causing pain and open lesions.
Herpes is a by product, in most cases of unprotected sexual activity. It should be noted that those who are infected with herpes can pass it along during any outbreak, even if they are not aware that they are infected. Today, fortunately there are drugs which can help those who are infected to manage the symptoms and the pain of herpes.
Touching the affected areas when you are having a herpes outbreak may cause a spread of the infection. Any time that you touch an area which is affected with a herpes outbreak, you must thoroughly wash your hands, preferably with an antibacterial soap.
The best way to prevent the infection from herpes is to avoid unprotected sex, but today, new vaccinations are in experimental stages which may actually prevent herpes infection in a great deal of the population. Currently there is no cure for Herpes, but we can prevent it in many cases. Encourage good hygeine and safe sex in your children by talking to them about the issue and about the herpes virus. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.
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