Herpes: Another STD that cannot be cured

What is Herpes?

Herpes is an STD that spread mainly by sexual intercourse. There are two types of the Herpes virus. Herpes Simplex I can cause fever blisters or cold sores on the mouth commonly called night fever, and Herpes Simples II causes sores on or around the genitals.

A person with Herpes Simplex I can pass it on to the genitals of this person engage in oral sex. It is also possible to spread the disease to other areas of the body.

What are the symptoms of Herpes?

Genital herpes

A tingling or itching in the genital area may be experienced a few days to one week after having sex with an infected person. This is followed by the appearance of clusters of water blisters that burst eventually leaving painful sores. In addition you may experience painful and swollen glands in the groin and have difficulty passing your urine.

An infected person may have fever and headaches with the headache with the first attack which usually lasts for two to four weeks. Other attacks may be weeks, months or years apart.

Is there any cure for Herpes?

There is no known cure for Herpes. Even though sores heal the virus remains in the body and continues to breakout occasionally. These breakout are usually triggered by some form of stress.

Can Herpes kill?

It can be very serious in pregnancy. A mother can pass the virus on to her baby during delivery. The baby can suffer permanent brain damage or die. They also run a greater risk of miscarriage. If a woman gets pregnant and she or her partner Herpes they should tell their doctor immediately. Women with general herpes have a greater chance of developing cervical cancer.

What should I do at the outbreak of sores?

The first thing to do is to stop having sex. Keep sores clean and as dry as possible. If you touch Herpes sores, wash your with soap and water to avoid spreading the disease to sensitive areas like your eyes. Visit you doctor or clinic immediately.

REMEMBER

  1. Every STD infection you get increases your chance of getting HIV.
  1. You must use a condom every time in every sexual act.
  1. Call the AIDS/STD Helpline

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