Facts about Genital Herpes

by alesha wilson
(wilmington, nc)

Genital herpes is a type of sexually transmitted disease (STD). According to studies, this is caused by a kind of virus specifically the herpes simplex virus. This is caused by the HSV-1 or type 1 and HSV-2 or type 2 viruses. The problem with herpes is that there is no immediate symptom to indicate that the person has contacted the disease. The question is how does a person contact genital herpes?


Since this a type of STD, the person will get genital herpes when he/ she has sexual contact with an infected person. Usually, the virus is transferred to another person when there is contact with the open sores. However, there is still a possibility of infection even when the infected person has no open sores present. As long as there is contact, risk of infection is always there even if the person does not that he or she is infected.

This disease is not only present in the genital area. Sometimes, this can happen in the lip and mouth area. This type of infection caused by the HSV-1 virus is also called “fever blisters” and happens when there is oral-genital or genital-genital contact with an infected person. Most of the time however, HSV-1 virus causes more genital herpes cases compared to the HSV-2 virus.

According to studies, one out of six people have a genital herpes infection typically in between the 15 and 50 age bracket. This is a staggering number for the past years. To prevent the spread of disease, as much as possible avoid having multiple sex partners. When one notices a blister or sores in the genital area, immediately consult a doctor to determine whether or not it is genital herpes. Remember, it is better to be safe than be sorry later on.

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