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...
Alternative Names Primary HIV infection; HIV seroconversion syndrome; Acute retroviral syndrome; HIV infection - acute Prevention For a comprehensive discussion, see the prevention section in AIDS . Safer sex behaviors may reduce the risk of getting the infection. There is still a risk of getting infected with HIV, even if you practice "safe sex," because condoms can break. Abstinence is the only sure way to prevent sexual transmission of the HIV virus. General guidelines: Do not have unprotected sexual intercourse with numerous partners or anyone who has multiple partners, uses IV drugs, or that has or may be infected with AIDS. Avoid injection drug use. If you do use such drugs, do not share needles or syringes. People with AIDS or who have had positive HIV antibody tests can pass the disease on to others and should not donate blood, plasma, body organs, or sperm. Do not exchange body fluids during sexual activity. People who are at risk for HIV infection should have regular testing to ensure...
Painful sexual intercourse; Dyspareunia
For painful intercourse in women after pregnancy:
Wait at least 6 weeks after childbirth before resuming sexual relations.
Be gentle and patient.
Use lubrication as needed.
For vaginal dryness/inadequate lubrication:
Try water-based lubricants.
If you are going through menopause and lubricants don't work, talk to your doctor about estrogen creams or other prescription medications.
For painful intercourse caused by prostatitis:
Soak in a warm bath.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Take antibiotics as prescribed.
For hemorrhoids, try stool softeners. Antibiotics may be required for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, or vaginal infections.
Other causes of painful intercourse may require prescription medications or, rarely, surgery.
Sex therapy may be hel...
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