What is Herpes?
Herpes is a very serious sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Herpes is best known for the outbreaks of blisters and sores around the genital area.
How is Herpes spread?
An uninfected person can catch the Herpes virus by coming into contact with the open sores or bodily fluids of an infected
What are the symptoms of Herpes?
The symptoms of a Herpes infection include:
- sores on and around the genital area
- swollen glands
Complications of Herpes infections
A person who is infected with the Herpes virus is at risk for several very serious complications: These include:
- recurrent painful genital sores
- possible transfer of the Herpes virus from a pregnant
mother to her baby
- Greater susceptibility to catching the HIV virus
There is currently cure for a Herpes infected person, but the severity and frequency of the outbreaks can be minimized with the use of anti-viral medications.
Who is most at risk of catching Herpes?
How to prevent becoming infected with Herpes
The only sure ways to avoid catching the Herpes virus is to maintain a mutually monogamous relationship with a known Herpes negative partner (who has been tested).
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