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Drugs Can Lower Risk of Genital Herpes Reccurence

A recent study confirms the effectiveness of oral antiviral drugs commonly used to prevent genital herpes outbreaks in infected patients.The researchers evaluated acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir, which are sold under the trade names Zovirax, Valtrex, and Famvir, respectively. The study were conducted through a meta-analysis, where the results of several published trials were then analyzed to obtain information from a larger total number of patients, which provided the ability to draw mo…

Herpes Awareness Project Divides Health Officials

An awareness campaign by drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline aimed to educate African-Americans about genital herpes, a sexually-transmitted disease that is far more common among them than any other racial or ethnic group, is causing debate among health officials.The “Say Yes to Knowing” campaign by Glaxo, together with the National Medical Association, the country’s main society of black physicians, and the American Social Health Association, was introduced last month in Detroit, where it had the support…

Symptoms of Herpes Simplex

One of the most common venereal diseases out there is the Herpes simplex virus. It is known to be comprised of two separate types of DNA viruses which are HSV-1 and HSV-2 respectively. The former (HSV-1) is the type which is known to cause oral lesions in approximately 80% of the diagnosed cases and the remaining 20% are reserved for the genital lesions. Statistics show that the general adult population has serologic infection with HSV-1 which means that the antibodies are targeted in this type …

Understanding Genital Herpes

Venereal diseases are nuances which simply cannot be ignored for one reason—it is physically impossible to ignore them. One example of a venereal disease which fits such as description is the Herpes virus. This is a particular virus which causes a person to have painful sores and blisters. One version of the virus is called “Herpes simplex” because it causes a person to have cold sores around the mouth. Another type of the virus is genital herpes which is herpes around the sexu…

What is Herpes?

Infections caused by herpes simplex virus are now epidemic. More than ten million people in the United States suffer with genital herpes, and many more suffer with labial herpes or cold sores which affect lips, mouth and face. Both are highly contagious when active sores are present. Herpes is caused by a virus which enters your body when you come into contact with someone who is infected and shedding it. Once the virus enters your body, an active infection may develop. If it does, you may be ca…

Causes of Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is usually caused by infection with herpes simplex virus Type 2, but some studies report increasing incidence of infection with herpes simplex virus Type 1. This disease is typically transmitted through sexual intercourse, orogenital sexual activity, kissing, and hand-to-body contact. Pregnant women may transmit the infection to neonates during vaginal delivery if an active infection is present. Such transmitted infection may be localized (for instance, in the eyes) or disseminate…

Treatment of Herpes

No cure for herpes exists; however, recurrences tend to be milder and of shorter duration than the primary infection. Symptomatic and supportive therapy is essential. Generalized primary infection usually requires an analgesic-antipyretic to reduce fever and relieve pain. Anesthetic mouthwashes, such as viscous lidocaine, may reduce the pain of gingivostomatitis, enabling the patient to eat and preventing dehydration. (Avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes.) Drying agents, such as calamine lotion, eas…