TOP HERPES FAQS

herpes-faqs

1.Herpes is sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

Someone define herpes as a sexually transmitted disease(STD). It is, in fact, not considered serious enough. Herpes is a common contagious viral disease. It is caused by two different but closely related viruses. The viruses are herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both forms of herpes can infect the oral area, the genital area, or both. When the infection is on or near the mouth, it is called oral herpes. Oral herpes is caused most often by HSV-1. Up to 8 out of 10 American adults have oral herpes. To avoid contracting oral herpes, it is best not to kiss or share any mouth-related items that come in contact with the mouth until sores heals completely. When a herpes infection is on or near the sex organs, it is called genital herpes. Genital herpes is caused most often by HSV-2. About 1 out of 4 American adults have genital herpes. Millions of people do not know they have herpes because they never had, or noticed, the herpes symptoms. You can get herpes by having oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has the disease. To avoid getting genital herpes, it is the best and only way for not having sex with people who are suffering from herpes.

2.Is there any way to get rid of the herpes virus?

I can feel the helplessness of people with herpes, i also know everyone who are suffering from herpes hope to have new ways to get rid of the virus in their body. Unfortunately, there is still no cure for herpes at this time, though there are treatments and medications that can help shorten outbreaks and alleviate symptoms. Vaccines for chickenpox and shingles are available, but for other forms of herpes, vaccines have yet to be developed. Unless scientists find one in the future, you will always have the virus. So Supporting your immune system should be your first goal, a weakened immune system is more prone to outbreaks. And the best way for improving your condition is to take antiviral drugs. Ask your doctor about treatment options.

3.People with herpes can donate blood?

Herpes affects the skin, it’s not a blood disease like HIV/AIDS. Of course, there is no risk of transmitting herpes simplex virus in blood, the virus itself remains in nerve cells, only antibodies are found in the blood. So people with herpes are generally not restricted from donating. However, during a primary outbreak of herpes (the first outbreak), a person infected with herpes should not donate blood. The very first time the symptoms of herpes manifest, it’s possible for a small amount of the virus to enter the bloodstream. Also, it is generally not advisable to donate blood when you’re not feeling well, be it due to a primary or recurrent outbreak of herpes, the flu, or another illness. When you’re sick, your body is already trying to fight off an infection, and giving blood at such a time can put a little extra strain on your body. As with any illness, you need all your resources to get better.

4.How can I protect myself from genital herpes if we keep having sex?

Barring total abstinence from all sexual activity, you won’t be able to protect yourself completely from acquiring HSV — but there are some ways that you and your partner can take to decrease risk. First, Using a latex condom offers some protection as long as it is put on the penis before genitals touch. But when the virus is active on the skin outside the area protected by the condom, transmission may still happen. Another way, a partner with genital herpes can consider daily herpes medications, such as acyclovir, which has been found to reduce viral shedding by as much as 94 percent. These medications, which are called “suppressive therapy” when taken daily, have not only been shown to reduce recurring outbreaks in symptomatic sufferers, but also to reduce asymptomatic shedding, offering another avenue for someone with genital herpes to protect his or her partner. Still, quit smoking, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and avoid stress is a good habit for boosting your immune system. Finally, avoid sex when your partner has symptoms, which is when the virus is most contagious.

5.Could I have baby if I have herpes?

The response is yes. There are two issues connected with pregnancy and conception. One is the issue of transmitting herpes to the child if the mother is having an outbreak during the birth. Doctors are exceptionally used to managing this circumstance, as long as they think about it. Sometimes it necessitates having a C-section instead of normal labor. The second issue is a little more complex, and it concerns a mother who actually gets infected with herpes during the pregnancy. This specific situation is much more serious and actually entails the predominant number of infants who do badly because of presentation to herpes infection throughout pregnancy. Read what the Herpes Resource Center has to say about the subject as well. Generally, raising children if you have herpes is not a problem. It is wise to use appropriate precautions while you are having outbreaks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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