Do You Know Your Herpes (HSV) Status?

Since many live on the premise of myths and unfounded stories which have misled them both in the prevention and management of Herpes alongside their loved ones to a lot of disadvantages, it becomes imperative to present real hard facts to dispel such hear-says. The aim of this short article is to correct those myths about the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).

Did you know…?

  • There are two different types of HSV. They are HSV-1 which is the cause of most oral Herpes, and HSV-2 that mostly occasions genital Herpes. Be that as it may, both types of Herpes can occur in the genital or oral parts of the body.
  • A person infected with oral herpes can transmit it to the genitals of an uninfected person. According to the World Health Organization, HSV1 can be transmitted from the mouth to the vagina, penis, or anus in the circumstance where an infected person gives unprotected oral sex to an uninfected person. Statistics have therefore shown that about 30 to 50 percent of symptoms felt by Herpes patients are as a result of HSV-1 which, of course, is transmitted from the mouth.
  • A person can be infected with HSV even when they show or experience no symptoms. The existence of HSV in the body hardly gives a sign due to its asymptomatic feature that rarely brings about up visible symptoms. However, a person who gets infected with the virus without symptoms can transfer it to another even by mere contact with the skin surface. This explains why the disease is so widespread around the world.
  • HSV cannot be cured at the moment, but well managed in a patient. For patients of HSV-2, a cure currently does not exist but the body can be well maintained with various uses of antiviral drugs depending on the flare-up frequency. The use of suppressive therapies can also reduce, greatly, the level of an outbreak and go a long way to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others.
  • 1 out of 8 persons in America between the ages of 14 to 49 is infected with the genital HSV-2. This is, of course, as a result of its ability to show mild or no symptoms in many which make them ignorant they have been infected.
  • Over 50 percent of adults in America are infected with oral herpes which is mostly caused by HSV-1 and frequently referred to as fever blisters or cold sores.
  • Treatments are available to eradicate the symptoms of Herpes from the body when they become problematic. This can be achieved, although, without the total eradication of the virus from the body.
  • A patient who engages in daily medication would reduce, greatly, the risk of transmitting the disease to their sexual partner(s).
  • Genital Herpes is in no way connected with cervical cancer as opined by many.
  • Being diagnosed with Herpes comes with a whole lot of psychological impacts just like HIV which makes the condition quite terrible for many. This makes it important to involve one’s self in some psychological therapy session or the other while the medical management continues.
  • The use of latex condoms during sexual intercourse with a partner who is infected with HSV or whose status is unknown prevents HSV and is cheaper than going through the stress of finding a cure.
  • Herpes does not cause infertility. Currently, there is no proof that being infected with Herpes would stop a person from getting pregnant. However, a pregnant woman who is infected with HSV-2 would be put at risk (as well as her baby). According to the National Health Service, the body would still be stable enough during pregnancy to move relevant antibodies into the fetus but the last trimester might be risky because the disease may be passed especially in circumstances where no antiviral medications are used.

The relevance of quick facts on different (sexually transmitted diseases) STD has gone a long way in helping the understanding of many to help dispense with the hitherto myths that they hold on to.

Interestingly, the existence of herpes is still doubted by some due to its super ability to show no symptoms in the very early stages. Unfortunately, and as highlighted above, one can live with the disease without ever noticing any of such symptoms.

It then becomes very important to adhere to preventive measures that would help reduce the tendency of being infected with either HSV-1 or HSV-2. While this is done, persons infected with the disease are also advised to use antiviral drugs that are prescribed by medical doctors in order to effectively manage the condition and live healthily.