Do you have Genital Herpes?
One of the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) is Genital Herpes. If you have contacted the virus which causes Genital Herpes, there are chances that you might not find out about it immediately since there are cases that infected individuals have no symptoms or mistake it for another disease. Many people can mistake Genital Herpes sores for insect bites, abrasions, or yeast infection.
Its visible symptoms are sores or blisters in the genital area, the rectum, or the thigh area. Fever and swollen lymph nodes in the neck and groin area may also occur. Genital Herpes can be diagnosed through Direct Fluorescent Antibody (DFA) test and through sampling of the sore and testing it for the virus. Genital Herpes can be diagnosed through blood test. Test results, however, are not always a hundred percent accurate.
Genital Herpes is contacted when an individual engages with someone who is infected by the virus. Virus from the open sores or blisters can enter the individual through wounds and cuts, through the genitalia, and through the mouth. Individuals infected with Genital Herpes but have no symptoms can also pass on the disease.
The first attack may occur within a two-week period after the virus is contacted. However, there are many cases where the first attacks are not severe so individuals do not immediately become aware that they have the disease until a later attack occurs or they get tested.
There is no cure for Genital Herpes as of yet. Antiviral medicine is used to treat the sores, help with the pain, and also assist in lessening the attacks. Typically, an infected individual will have four to five attacks per year. Sores usually heal from 7 to 10 days. Studies show that excessive exposure to sun, stress, and other illness which weakens the immune system can set off attacks.
The best way to prevent from contacting this STD, is to abstain from sexual contact. Safe sexual activity can also lower the risk of infection as having a committed monogamous relationship with someone who has been tested free of the disease. Not engaging in any sexual activity when there are sores and blisters will minimize disease contact “ however, infection may still occur even if there are no attacks so always wear condoms to be safe.
Women with active infection may also transfer the disease to their baby during pregnancy. For precaution, women with Genital Herpes deliver through Cesarean section.
There are two kinds of therapy: episodic therapy and suppressive therapy. Episodic therapy approach entails using treatment at first sign of the attack and continued medication for several days to quicken the attack or prevent a full-blown attack. Also, keeping the area clean and exposed to air can help to make the attack shorter.
Suppressive medication or therapy, on the other hand, involves taking antiviral medication daily to prevent attacks from happening altogether. Studies have shown that this is a safe and effective way of living with the disease. You can still have a life after Genital Herpes.