Stages of Genital Herpes

Learn About Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. The biggest reason for this is that it is so very easy to pass along.

A person doesn’t even have to know that they have it to pass it. It can be passed by genital contact, as well as oral contact and even just by having the virus on fingers.

Genital herpes doesn’t just appear on the genitals themselves. It can be anywhere in the area including the anus.

There are actually 5 common herpes viruses that people can get. Herpes simplex 1 is the kind that causes cold sores. They are usually in the same place on the face, usually around the lips and nose. The virus can get into a person’s eyes can cause conjunctivitis.

There are a lot of things that can trigger an attack of simplex 1, but they are only contagious by direct contact with the sore or the fluid inside the sore.

Herpes simplex 2 is the kind that causes genital herpes. Once a person has this kind of herpes they will always have this kind of herpes. It shows up as small ulcers that are very painful.

The sores will last for up to 21 days. A person who has herpes simplex 2 can also have problems with urination, as well as fever and headaches.

Chicken pox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster strain of herpes. Epstein-Barr and cytomegalovirus are the two other forms of herpes.

Once a person has been infected the initial infection shows up somewhere between 2 and 8 days. The problem is that not everyone knows they got infected because they don’t see any signs at all. The first signs for people who do have symptoms are red blisters.

This stage is over very quickly as the blisters turn into open sores. The person might also feel like they have the flu and/or have problems with painful urination.

After the sores heal the virus itself starts moving from the initial infection site to the nerves in and around the spine where it will continue to live and reproduce itself. The body will produce antibodies but there is no way to get rid of the disease.

After a person has been infected they will always have genital herpes. They can spread it even when they are asymptomatic. That’s why it gets spread so easily.

A person doesn’t have to have a sore for it to be passed. Even when a person does have a sore it isn’t always easily seen.

The best way to avoid getting genital herpes is to use a condom whenever having sex. The barrier of the condom can keep the open lesion from coming into contact with a sexual partner. It’s also important for an infected person to share that knowledge with any sexual partners.

While there is no cure there are treatments. There are antiviral medications that are specifically geared towards treating genital herpes.

Cyclovir and Famvir are just two of the medications that can be taken. The infected person takes the medicine at the first sign of an outbreak. It can lessen the length and intensity of the outbreak.
Having information about genital herpes can make it easier for a person to avoid them or treat them.