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 sexual organs. For other versions of the virus, there is Herpes zoster which is a specific type of herpes that is responsible for shingles or chickenpox.

Because this is a venereal disease, this type of disease is spread through sexual contact. The virus may be able to spread to you if you have a break in your skin. Whether that small break is big enough to be noticed or it is minute enough for you to not know it is there, herpes is spread quite simply—if there is an opening where the virus is able to enter your body, then it will seek that opening and exploit it by all means necessary.

Herpes is more easily spread when several sores are seen on the infected person. However, a person can still spread it even if the person is not exhibiting any symptoms. More importantly, just because it is more commonly known as a venereal disease doesn’t mean it can only be transmitted through sexual means.

It can also be transmitted through physical contact with another body part such as from the genitals to the fingers, from the fingers to the eyes, to the eyes to the other body parts. For pregnant mothers, it is important to note that herpes can be transferred to the baby during childbirth as the baby passes through the birth canal.

If the mother will have any open sores around the genital area, it will great compromise the baby’s health. Because the newborn baby does not have enough antibodies and that its immune system is not that well-developed, herpes might simply endanger the life of the newborn.

Once you are infected, you will undergo several stages of infection. The first of which is the outbreak of small and painful blisters. It may turn out that the fluid in the blisters could turn out to be clear or cloudy and the surrounding area will most likely turn red. These blisters are so fragile that they are easily broken and could become open sores.

The latent stage is next. This is when you do not have any blisters or sores visible at all. This is because the virus is traveling from your nerves directly to your spine. After that comes the shedding stages which is when the virus multiplies in the nerves. It then proceeds to be transferred in the saliva, semen or other bodily fluids. Finally, a recurrence of blisters may happen if one’s immune system is weakened. This will trigger itching and the appearance of your earlier sores.

 
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