Genital Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), caused by a virus called herpes simplex virus (HSV).
- This condition, which affects both men and women, feature pain, itching, and sores in the genital area.
- A few weeks after a person is infected, there will be pain and itching followed by small red bumps or white blisters.
- These bumps or blisters rupture and become ulcers that bleed or ooze.
- Sores erupt in the vaginal area, buttocks, and cervix of a woman.
- For men, sores appear on the penis, scrotum, anus, and inside the urethra.
- It also becomes painful to urinate for both genders.
Other symptoms are:
- muscle pain
- tenderness in the genital area
- swollen lymph nodes in the groin
Infection and Prevention
- no symptoms
It's also possible, however, to have genital herpes and not experience any of these signs and symptoms. Even though a person doesn't exhibit any visible sign, he/she can still spread the infection of HSV to other people primarily through sexual contact.
- safe sex
Sexual intercourse is the primary method of spreading this virus. This condition may not be cured but symptoms can be eased through medications. Spread of the virus can also be prevented through safe sex and other practical measures
Use a condom. Make sure that every time you're going to have sex, you use condoms such as those made with latex and polyurethane material to protect yourself from this STD. These materials don't let HSV virus pass so it's good for protection. Avoid condoms made from sheep intestines as these don't give optimal protection against any form of STDs.
It's also very important to limit the number of sex partners. The more sex partners you have, the greater is the risk for getting infected with genital herpes or any other STDs. Every time you have sex with a new person, you expose yourself to the diseases that this person's partners have.
If you're a woman, use a water-based lubricant such as Astroglide or K-Y Jelly. This helps prevent tearing in the skin of the vagina during sexual intercourse. Even the smallest tears make it easier for STD viruses to get to your blood stream.
Another advice for women is to avoid douching. This method changes the normal balance of microorganisms in the vagina that protect against STDs. Use water for rinsing your genital area after sexual intercourse.
- be responsible
Moreover, be responsible. Do not have sexual contact if you suspect yourself of having genital herpes or any other STDs. If your partner has herpes, don't have sexual contact with him/her. Use condoms even when the visible sores are gone.
Always be on the lookout for symptoms of herpes such as those mentioned above.
Watch out for symptoms of other STDs as well, which include:
- unusual discharge
- pain during urination
- redness or growths in the genital area
See your doctor immediately if you have an infection or think that you might.