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Genital Herpes - You Might Have It, But You Do Not Know (Yet)

Apr 6, 2008
As we all know, genital herpes is a very widely spread disease of the genital area. Infection caused by it is messy and highly contagious. It affects both women and men, and it is transmitted usually through sexual contact, as well as through other ways.

It can be transmitted through direct contact with contaminated items, like towels, panties,and toilet seats. It can also be transmitted through kissing and in rare cases through oral sexual contact.

It can be transmitted like that because these particular types of viruses can survive outside their natural environments, even for whole minutes, so be careful what is it that you touch, try on, or when you use public restrooms!

Generally, people infected with the disease are not aware that they are infected because there are no symptoms to contend with. This makes it all the more risky because the infected person continues to do what they have been doing without protection, infecting more and more clueless healthy people. So year after year the number of infections grows geometrically as those infected just ignore the symptoms, if they show at all.

Development period of the virus is from three to seven days from time of exposure. Generally, the first outbreak would be severe and would have extended development period; on the other hand, there could be no obvious indications of the infection, depending on the level response of the person's immune system.

Genital herpes is manifested at the genital level, where small bags of liquid show up, which later transform into open sores. Before the clinical lesions appear, the patient can feel local burns, itches, and sometimes-purulent surfaces.

After several days, the blisters will break and become open, throbbing sores. The wounds can expand and then become like boils covered with a skin layer and develop to cover a large area of the skin.

As previously discussed, genital herpes affects men and women alike, no matter what style of sexual activity they opt to pursue. People engaging in anal sex would most likely develop anal lesions. For women, if the virus develops in the urethra, then she will go through severe pain. She will constantly experience stinging and burning feelings until her condition is treated.

Headaches or cold, even fever, these are few of the symptoms, which can be produced by the exposure to this virus. The lesions caused by it can sometimes spread to the haunches. For treatment of the condition there are anti-viral medicines, which shorten the evolution and reduces the severity of the infection.

Unfortunately, until present days, the specialists could not develop a treatment to prevent the latency state of the virus. Also there is no such remedy for permanent removal of the virus from the human organism. The virus can only be controlled.

Extended treatment in time has proven to be effective for preventing the frequency of the recurrence of the genital herpes, as well as for reducing the infection level. The anti-viral treatment must be proceeded for up to fourteen days, and if the lesions of the skin do not heal after this period of time, the treatment can be extended for seven more days.

The most important step for an infected person to take is to pay attention to the symptoms, promptly consult a doctor, and most importantly do everything that is necessary to prevent transmission of the disease to others.
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