Is Herpes Simplex Virus an STD

Overview and Facts. Yes, Herpes simplex virus is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can get. Most people with the virus don’t show any symptoms. It is important to know that even without signs of the disease, it can still spread to your partner during sexual intercourse (anal, genital or oral). There are two types of viruses, the virus are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2 Herpes simplex virus. HSV-1, also known as oral herpes, can cause cold sores and fever blisters around the mouth or lips. HSV-2 or better known as genital herpes is generally responsible for genital herpes outbreaks. Genital herpes can be spread during the sexual intercourse, the fluids found in a herpes sore carry the virus, and contact with those fluids can cause infection. You can also get herpes from an infected sex partner who does not have a visible sore or who may not know he or she is infected because the virus can be released through your skin and spread the infection to your sex partner.

Herpes Simplex Virus

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Symptoms Herpes Simplex Virus  type 1 (Oral Herpes) shows the following signs:  

       Pain, itching and tingling sensation will be felt on the infected area.Oftetimes these symptoms happens prior to the appearance of the blisters or sores. These blisters then soon will erupt and ooze out yellowish fluid then eventually develop into a crust. It will then appear dry and heal. 

       Oral sores around the mouth. This is very painful since you cannot eat and drinking is very difficult 

       Sores will appear around the lips, gums, throat, in front of the tongue or on the cheeks. 

       Fever, muscle aches, and irritability will be felt 

       Gums might be swollen and bleed 

          Swollen glands or pain on the lymph nodes will be felt 

          Incubation period for this virus would be about 12 days 

 Symptoms for Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (Genital Herpes) 

       Painful blisters and/or ulcers in the genital area 

          Itching, painful and tingling sensation on the genitals 

       Fever, swollen lymph nodes and body pains 

       Pain during urination due to the sores or blisters around the genital area 

Is Herpes Simplex Virus an STD

Treatment for herpes includes: 

          antiviral medications can help ease out the pain caused by herpes. These drugs can help reduce the durations of the symptoms during an outbreak.  

       there are FDA approved drugs that can be prescribed to treat herpes (acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex)) but before taking these medication you need to consult a physician first. 

Preventions for herpes includes the following: 

       one must avoid touching the saliva, skin or the sores of an infected person with herpes.  

          spreading of herpes or STD's to another can be avoided by wearing condom, dental dams, during any sexual activity either oral, anal or genital 

       avoid sexual intercourse during the onset of herpes 

       get tested for herpes infection  

       it is still better to consult a medical health care professional to prevent any possible complications of herpes    Positive Singles  

Keep in mind the herpes simplex virus is an incurable disease. Once infected the virus it will stay inside the infected persons body for the rest of their life so better treat this issue with utmost care. All these information above will tell you about herpes and how to stop the symptoms and outbreaks from recurring.


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