What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the
herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes
is caused by HSV type 2.
Most people have no or minimal symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2
infection. When symptoms do occur, they usually appear as one or
more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters
break, leaving ulcers or tender sores that may take up to four
weeks to heal. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or
Although the infection can stay in the body forever, the number
of outbreaks usually decreases over a period of years. You can pass
genital herpes to someone else even when you experience no
How common is genital herpes?
About 45 million Americans, age 12 and older have genital
herpes. Its estimated that up to one million people become
infected each year. Genital Herpes (HSV-2) is more common in women
How can I get genital herpes?
Herpes is a virus that can be...
Recently I counseled a young woman who had herpes on how and what to tell her boyfriend of a few years about her condition. She was terrified. First of all, she had never sought treatment . Until recently, she had been in denial about her condition. Luckily, she was smart enough to always use condoms and she never had intercourse with him when she had an outbreak. However, she hadn't told him about her condition, and she wanted to. First I congratulated her on her decision to be honest with her sexual partner. That's a courageous thing to do. 1. Brush up on the facts. It is much easier to tell your partner about your condition if you have a solid base of knowledge. You'll be able to allay your partner's fears and correct any misinformation he or she may have. You might want to have a brochure or pamphlet on hand. 2. Set the tone. Pick a good time to talk. This is not a discussion for an intimate moment. ...
How many of you are TOTALLY confused - and anxious about how herpes is transmitted? Are you afraid that you can give the virus to your friends by sharing meals? Do you worry that that intimate kiss you shared with your partner a couple of days before an outbreak exposed him or her to the virus? Do you encourage your friends to use a different toilet because you're afraid you will give them the virus? Here are a few basic facts on herpes: 1. Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) and 2 (HSV2) are just two of 8 known human herpes viruses. Believe it or not, chicken pox is also a herpes virus. 2. The terms "genital herpes" and " oral herpes " describe where the infection is occurring, not necessarily which herpes virus is causing it. 3. HSV 1 is the virus that typically causes cold sores or fever blisters on the lips and mouth. 4. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV2. 5. Because HSV 1 usually causes cold sores, it is usually passe...
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