Common STD - Genital Herpes

Updated: Jul 8, 2019

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease which could be contracted through sexually active people. More than one out of every 6 people between the ages 14-49 have genital herpes.



Oral herpes, much like Genital Herpes are typically caused by HSV-1, resulting in cold sores, fevers and even blisters in the mouth and genitals. These symptoms may be mistaken for another skin condition. Although, many do not share these symptoms, because most people with oral herpes were contracted pre-adulthood from non-sexual contact with saliva.


Genital Herpes are derived from two types of viruses; one being the herpes simplex virus type one (HSV-1), and the other, a herpes simplex virus type two (HSV-2). Detectable by blood tests. Oral herpes could be spread from the mouth to Genitals via oral sex. This desease could be spread through having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with a person who has already contracted the disease.


You can also get infected by coming into contact with a person with the virus via:


A herpes sore;

Saliva

Skin (within the oral and genital area)



Reducing the risk of contracting Genital Herpes.


The only plausible solution to avoid contracting stds is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. However, if the person is sexually active then they can follow the following methods to reduce the risk of contracting the virus;


If your partner is known to have genital herpes, ensure that they take anti-herpes medication daily (something you should discuss with your doctor).


Be aware that genital herpes may not only coincide in the genital area, and that the skin in the surrounding areas which are not protected by the latex could release the virus through non visible sores.


If you show any of the symptoms above or have had sexual relations with someone who is suspected of having the virus, you should contact your doctor immediately and schedule an appointment for a blood test.

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