What You Need to Know About Genital Herpes

People are not so enthusiastic about talking about a sensitive topic such as genital herpes, but we’re going to talk about it here.

A virus causes genital herpes; not a bacteria. There are two types of herpes viruses – type 1, which causes cold sores and type 2, which causes genital herpes.

How Do You Get Herpes Simplex Type 2?

The genital herpes virus.
The herpes simplex 2 virus.

It’s simple – skin-to-skin contact during sexual intercourse with an individual that has active lesions of herpes simplex virus 2 or genital herpes. These lesions contain the active virus. With skin-to-skin contact, the virus jumps along and infects the other person.

What does it Look Like?

Once the infection occurs, and you develop lesions of genital herpes, it takes 20 – 24 hours after sexual intercourse for the virus to spread to your system and into the area of infection. If you suspect you have genital herpes or any lesions on your genitals, see your doctor.

Herpes Prevention

Herpes simplex 2 virus in microscopic view
Herpes simplex 2 virus in microscopic view

Your doctor can make the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made, your doctor will recommend treatment, which may be oral, antiviral agents or topical anti-viral agents. The herpes is treated, but it is not cured. Outbreaks and the pain can be reduced.

However, you will always carry the herpes virus. Subsequent outbreaks may be caused by stress in your life, or by trauma. You need to be open and honest with your sexual partners with regards to Herpes simplex virus. The best way to prevent it is not to be active sexually, or to choose a partner that you know does not have Herpes simplex virus.

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