Dealing with Herpes    

Accept the fact that you already have herpes all throughout your life. Dealing with herpes is a struggle. The best ways to deal with herpes is Taking care of yourself and talk to your partner on this issue. Being sexually active is such a normal thing. If you already have the strain of this virus then you should find some ways on how to deal with it. The two strains used to be referred to as oral and genital herpes because HSV-1 usually occurs in or around the mouth while HSV-2 usually occurs in the genital area. However, HSV-1 cold sores or blisters can be spread to the genitals and the reputation of oral sex means that 50% of cases of genital herpes are now caused by the HSV-1 strain.


Most infections are acquired from a person with no known history of the disease since they don’t realize that they have it. Symptoms generally manifest between two and seven days after having been infected, but in some cases the virus can lie stagnant for years. For couples in long-term monogamous relationships, an unexpected herpes diagnosis unavoidably raises questions about faithfulness and if the couple has been having unprotected sex, both partners will probably be infected. 

The fundamental flaw in this squabble is that if the relationship subsequently breaks down, both partners must deal with the humiliation of having to disclose their herpes status to future partners. What you say and how you say it will depend on your own personal style. An upfront and positive conversation about herpes issues is the best tactic and may be helped by forward planning. No matter where the conversation will lead to, it’s significant to allow for the fact that one or both of you might get emotional and sensitive. Most people find that their partners are both supportive and understanding. You may initially feel that a person may base their judgement of you on the fact you have genital herpes. However, for most this is a minor skin infection. Some and others may fear the possibility of being rejected but in reality this rarely happens. By being honest and telling your partner you have herpes you are allowing them to enter into the relationship with full knowledge of your infection and that you reduce the likelihood of them becoming infected with herpes.  

Here are some tips on that may help you: 

1.     Avoid sexual contact when either you or your partner has herpes 

2.     Avoid touching the sores 

3.     Practice washing your hands throughout the day

4.     Avoid being stressed. Stress is a factor that causes any viral infection and herpes is one of it.  

5.     Wear cotton underwear and loose fitting clothes 

6.     Take Lysine rich supplements to reduce the healing time of the sore 

7.     Exercise your body to have a strong and healthy mind and heart 

8.     Eat the right foods and a balanced diet for strong immunity against any diseases 

9.     To ease pain and discomfort wash the genital area with warm salt water and apply ice packs on the area where the sores are present 

10. Keep the sore or blisters dry 

Herpes: How to detect if you have Genital Herpes? 
What are its Causes,Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

What is Herpes?

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease that a sexually active person can get. It is categorized into two types:  herpes type 1 (HSV-1, or oral herpes) and herpes type 2 (HSV-2, or genital herpes) it is also known as as human herpesvirus1 and 2 (HHV-1 and HHV-2.  In most common cases, herpes type 1 can cause sores around the mouth and lips (sometimes called fever blisters or cold sores). HSV-2 or genital herpes is generally responsible for genital herpes which is contracted through many forms of sexual contact with a person who has HSV-2. This is an illness that one should take seriously as this will cause harm to other people because this is  highly contagious once you are infected. This article will also serve as an awareness to people who are sexually active and with multiple sex partners.

Are there signs and symptoms?

Most people who was infected with this virus don’t know they already have this infection since its symptoms are so mild. The symptoms includes:

• Blisters and sores: it can be inside the vagina and on the cervix, or on the skin outside the vagina. In men, the sores are on the penis and scrotum, and the skin around the genital area. it will start off as itchy and then change to blisters or ulcers and then heal over a few weeks.
• Pain or itching in the genital area as these are caused by the blisters and sores that breaks  open
• Painful or burning sensation during urination.
• Abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis.
• Flu-like symptoms.  Such as fever,headache, and muscle aches and this will usually get better within a week.
Are there preventions on genital herpes from spreading?
• Stop having sexual contact as soon as you feel any signs of an outbreak or your partner experiences the symptoms.
• Use condoms during any sexual contact may it be anal, oral or vaginal sex. This is very important when having sex with a new partner. This will help prevent genital herpes from spreading.
• Testing your partner. Visit a sexual health clinic if you or your partner noticed any signs and symptoms go immediately to the clinic so that he/she will be tested.

Are there any treatments for genital herpes?.
There is no cure for herpes. The good news is that sores often clear without treatment. Most people are treated with an antiviral medicine but there are some home remedies that may help reduce the symptoms. Such home remedies includes: soaking the affected area with warm water, the area where the herpes is located should be kept dry most of the time and put on cotton underwear as it absorbs moisture much better than synthetic fibers.  Over-the-counter medications for pain reliever, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen can help ease the pain but it doesn’t cure genital herpes.


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