Definition Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection affecting the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals. Alternative Names Herpes - genital; Herpes simplex - genital; Herpesvirus 2; HSV-2 Causes, incidence, and risk factors Genital herpes is caused by two viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) causes most cases of genital herpes. HSV-2 can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) most often causes herpes infections of the mouth and lips (commonly called cold sores or fever blisters). HSV-1 can spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is spread from one person to another during sexual contact. You may be infected with herpes when your skin, vagina, penis, or mouth comes into contact with someone who already has herpes. Herpes is most likely to be transmitted by contact with the skin of an infected person who ...
On June 9, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first
effective vaccine against Human Papillomavirus, a sexually
transmitted infection that is one of the major causes of cervical
cancer. On the heels of this approval, which represents a crucial
breakthrough in the efforts of scientists, doctors and public
health officials to combat the spread of STDs in the United
States and elsewhere, the Medical College of Georgia announced
today that significant strides have been made towards the
development of another STD vaccine, which will protect against
There is a pressing need to develop an effective protection
against this disease. Genital herpes affects one out of every four
American women and one out of every five American men, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although it is not
life-threatening in adults, it is particularly dangerous to babies;
transmission of the virus from the mother to the child during
pregnancy or childbearing...
How do you feel about people who have herpes? First of all, let's assume honesty in the
discussion, meaning that someone would not be ashamed to tell you that they
have it. I have to tell you that I think
there is still a shame factor associated with herpes and other STDS, even in
these progressive times. OK, assuming
that you're the kind of person someone would share anything with - what do you
really feel? Would you have a sexual
relationship with this guy or gal or move on.
Is it a deal breaker for you?
Well, it seems to me that (a) people are not sharing for
fear of being ostracized and (b) people are not informed enough on the subject
to make the best decisions when it comes to communication. As a parent who works in health, I did cover
a lot of ground when it came to talking about sex with my kids. I let them know from a young age that they
could bring any question to me and I did my darndest to tell the truth and give
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