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Herpes Very Prevalent But Not Serious

You might have herpes and are not even aware of it!

Would you believe that the chances of you and most of your friends having herpes are more than you think? Well, according to the WHO, 67% of the people who are under the age of 50 have the Herpes Simplex Virus 1. What is the Herpes Simplex Virus 1? Most of you have definitely heard of herpes. Well, herpes is caused by the herpes simplex viruses which are categorized into two types: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is known as oral herpes or HSV-1 while type two is known as genital herpes or HSV-2. 

One of the main symptoms of the Herpes Simplex Viruses is that both causes sores. In the case of HSV-1, the sores which are also known as cold sores appear in the areas around the lips and the mouth. While HSV-1 is the cause of cold sores, HSV-2 causes sores to appear in the areas around the rectum and the genitals. While it is not immensely common, HSV-1 can also cause genital herpes. 

Getting back to the report of the WHO, while two out of every three persons have the HSV-1 virus in them, one out of every four have the HSV-2 virus in them. Is it time for you to panic considering the fact that there is no cure for herpes as it remain in the body and the possibilities of it becoming active at any time are numerous? No, there is no need for you to panic because even though herpes is very prevalent it is not serious. In fact, many people suffering from either HSV-1 or HSV-2 never show any symptoms or if they do, it is only for the first time. After that they do not show any symptoms even though the virus still remains in their body. 

Herpes outbreaks become milder with time!

As mentioned, the most common symptoms of herpes for those who do show symptoms are sores accompanied by flu-like symptoms. If you have genital herpes, you will also find urinating complicated, especially if it is your first outbreak. As the virus remains in your body, you can expect an outbreak anytime; however, with time, the outbreaks become milder and decrease in frequency. In addition to the physical symptoms, many people experience mental symptoms such as depression and hopelessness.

There is really no treatment for herpes!

If you are suffering from herpes, you might want to get treated for the symptoms. Anti-viral drugs are effective treatment options for the sores. Aciclovir is one of the most effective treatments for genital herpes. You are expected to use a dose of 200mg for five times during one day for at least five days. This will take care of the sores but as we mentioned earlier, it does not remove the virus from the body. The virus remains in the body and can become active at any time.

The following conditions may cause the virus to become active and result in an outbreak:

Herpes is expected to continue increasing!

According to the GlobalData epidemiologists forecast, herpes is expected to continue increasing. More and more people will be living with the virus. Some will have it and will never know while others will suffer from the symptoms from time to time. If you know people who have herpes, please be considerate of their feelings and emotions. If you have herpes, below are some tips on how to handle the disease.

  Having herpes does not mean that you cannot or should not have sex. You just need to practice safe sex.   You should not have sex during an outbreak as that increases your chances of transmitting the virus to your partner.
  You should always be honest with your partners and let them know that you have herpes so that the chances of transmitting the virus can be reduced.   Be mindful of the fact that condoms do not prevent the spread of herpes; however, they do reduce the risks. 

Be safe! Practice safe sex! Be kind!

It is advisable to get yourself tested frequently for sexually transmitted infections if you are sexually active. This is the only way you can ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Be safe by practicing safe sex and by getting tested frequently. If you are aware of people around you suffering from sexually transmitted diseases, remember to be kind towards them and encourage them to get treated and to practice safe sex if they are still sexually active to prevent the infection from spreading further. If you have tested positively, make sure that you obtain treatments as soon as possible.

 



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