I'm convinced my Herpes has a mind of its
own. The nasty little guy always seems
to know when I have an important deadline, get a new job, and of course, meet a
potential lover. And even when none of
the above is happening, the jerk just decides to pop his head out and give me a
hard time about once every two weeks.
Yes, I'm one of the *lucky* ones who have recurring, sometimes constant,
outbreaks. We are the portion of the
Herpes-carrying population who deal with the disease on a regular basis. (Oh to be a carrier sans outbreaks!) It affects our daily lives and yet we are
quieted by social norms...suffering silently.
You can't very well go to work and tell your boss: "Gee, my
genitals are really on fire today, I think I'm gonna stand during the
meeting." We are cheated of
sympathy that other disease-carriers get, yet the emotional and physical
suffering is deep. If you're reading
this then chances are you have Herpes as well...
How did I get herpes? Did my partner cheat? Or did I have it before the relationship? How long can herpes stay dormant? These are some of the questions that people newly diagnosed with genital herpes ask. Here's what we know about how this infection occurs. The first outbreak usually occurs within 2-10 days of exposure to the virus. This outbreak may be a sore or lesion in or around the vagina or on the cervix in women or on the penis and scrotum of men. Men or women can get lesions within the urinary tract, around or inside the anus, on the buttocks, thighs or other parts of the body. Usually the lesions start as reddened bumps which evolve over hours or days into blisters/open sores which crust over, dry up and heal. Sometimes a second crop of lesions occur. The initial infection may be severe and have more generalized symptoms such as fever, headache and muscle aches. However, these lesions are not the only symptom of an initial outbreak. Symptom...
Studies show that genital herpes simplex virus is common. In the United States, one out of five of the total adolescent and adult population are infected with herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses (HSV). HSV type 2 is the one that most commonly causes genital herpes . You can get HSV type 2 during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. The infection causes painful sores on the genitals in both men and women. HSV type 1 is the herpes virus that is usually responsible for cold sores of the mouth, the so-called " fever blisters." You get HSV-1 by coming into contact with the saliva of an infected person. However, HSV type 1 can cause genital herpes, usually caused by oral-genital sexual contact with a person who has the oral HSV-1 infection, and HSV type 2 can cause cold sores. Herpes can be treated but not cured. Symptoms appear briefly and then disappear; the disease lies dormant in nerve cells, but it may be reactivated by str...
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