Herpes Virus And The Stages Of Infection


What is Herpes? 


Herpesis a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can get. This viral disease is caused by herpes virus, affecting the skin (often with blisters) or the nervous system. There are 2 types of types of herpes simplex viruses: a) HSVp1, or Herpes Type 1, and b) HSV-2, or Herpes Type 2. This virus is easily transmissible and is passed from person to another by close or direct contact. Transmission of this disease is made through vaginal, oral or anal sex.  

Herpes Virus

What are the causes of HerpesPositive Singles 

Herpes can appear in various parts of the body. Most common of these viruses appears on the genital area and mouth. When a person’s skin is infected with this virus it can easily pass to another person through the moist parts which lines, the genitals, anus and mouth. It can also pass to other parts of the skin as well as the eyes. But don’t you worry, as you won’t get infected with this virus by touching an object through towels, cups, spoons, etc as this will die quickly when it is away from your skin. However, you can get this virus by sharing sex toys with someone who has this virus. You can catch genital herpes if you have oral sex with someone who has a cold sore; it is a blister-like lesion around the areas of the mouth. 

Herpes Virus And The Stages Of Infection

What are the stages of Herpes?

Genital Herpes, which is a sexually transmitted disease, has 3 stages and the herpes sore will go through with its own stage as well.  

3 Stages of Genital Herpes includes: 

1.       Primary stage / the outbreak 

-At this stage of the Genital Herpes it usually take longer to begin and it usually starts 2-8 days after you have been infected. The symptoms include painful and small blisters around genitals, thighs and the buttocks. Blisters or sac are red and it opens easily, and once opened it will become sores and the blistering stage will go unnoticed. The fluids in the genitals are usually clear and cloudy. During this stage you will also experience pain during urination and bowel movement as these are caused by sores/blisters, Flu like symptoms, fever and body aches will also be experienced.  

       2.   Latent stage /Virus travels 

            -At this point, blisters, sores and other symptoms of genital herpes will no longer be present. The genital virus then travels from the skin to the nerves. 


3         Shedding Stage /Virus multiplies 

-During this period genital herpes then spreads easily and starts multiplying through the nerves. The virus gets into the body fluids, the saliva, semen and vaginal discharge. Herpes has no symptoms during this time, but the virus spreads through sexual intercourse and thus, infecting your partner.  

On the other hand, Herpes sores go through the following stages. 

1.       Redness can be seen on the area of the skin. This area may be sensitive, itchy and painful to touch. 

2.       Swelling, small blisters filled with fluid may appear. One or few blisters starts to show up and on top or the area where the redness is present will start to burst. 

3.       Open sores also called as wet ulcers appear as the blisters burst out. They may seem to look like red or small cuts. Outbreaks of these will vary as to one tiny sore, a group of swelling or large ulcers. 

4.       Dry scabs or crust then shows up and started to heal. It hardens as the inflammation dries. New skin appears under it. 

5.       Complete Healing. The scab falls off and is dry. Sometimes a scar will appear on this area of the skin. 

Genital herpes is an incurable disease and is very distressing. There are treatments to relieve its symptoms and reduce the risk of any outbreaks or transmission. Now that you have the knowledge of the stages it’s up to you to suspect if you have one and control or prevent it from spreading. Positive Singles 


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