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Herpes is the name that refers to a large family of viruses. Genital herpes, which is a Sexually Transmitted Infection is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
HSV is a highly contagious virus easily passed between people. There are two strains of the virus HSV-1 and HSV-2 that can cause symptoms such as cold sores or genital herpes.
As a general rule, cold sores are usually caused by HSV-1 whilst genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. However, there are increasing rates of HSV-1 genital infections as well as cases of oral herpes (HSV-2) transmitted through oral sex.
Herpes can lie dormant for long periods before the initial outbreak. It manifests as painful red blisters that burst and leave open sores around the genital area. There can also be pain when urinating, a fever and aches and pains. Herpes symptoms in men and women can last up to 3 weeks after which the sores eventually heal without leaving any scar tissue. Not everybody with Herpes shows symptoms. Some people carry the virus without ever suffering outbreaks but can still pass it on to others.
The herpes test is non-invasive and very simple. A doctor takes a swab from a sore and tests the swabbed liquid for the virus.
After the initial outbreak of Herpes the virus becomes dormant and may flare up again from time to time. Some people with Herpes don’t experience any symptoms whilst others might suffer two or more flare-ups within the first 12 months. Flare-ups can be as frequent as twice a year or once every ten years. In general the frequency and severity declines over time.
The standard herpes treatment uses an anti-viral drug called acyclovir, which prevents the HSV from multiplying. This reduces the severity of the genital sores and helps shorten the time during which the virus is symptomatic.
There is currently no cure for Herpes. The virus establishes lifelong infections and cannot be eradicated completely. Anti-viral medication can help with the symptoms but does not prevent future re-occurrences.
Herpes is transmitted either through an exchange of bodily fluids during sex or though skin-to-skin contact of an infected region and a cut or graze.
Practicing safe sex significantly lowers the risk of contracting an STI. This means that while having vaginal or anal or oral sex, whether that's homosexual, heterosexual, you should use condoms. If you have had a herpes outbreak before you can still pass on the virus to a partner even if you aren’t symptomatic at the time of sex.
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