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Living with herpes simplex

Herpes simplex virus type 2

There are two kinds of herpes simplex virus: herpes simplex virus 1, which is responsible for the outbreak of oral herpes in the majority of cases, and herpes simplex virus 2, which is the main cause for the occurrence of genital herpes in most cases. Herpes is a contagious disease. The virus that causes it can be easily passed from one person to the other person, for example, through sexual intercourse, oral sex, kissing or every other contact with the genitals or anus of the infected person. There are cases when this virus can be passed through a simple cut on the skin.

Moreover, when the blisters or sores appear on the surface of the skin, they contain a characteristic yellow fluid that carries this virus. When the blisters burst, the virus can spread very easily. Viral shedding is the medical term for the herpes simplex virus 2 that is released from the surface of the skin and it may have obvious and noticeable symptoms, but it can also be asymptomatic. When the virus is inactive, it is in the nerve cell.

Protection from herpes simplex virus type 2

It is very important to always pay attention to the protection from this type of virus. We must protect ourselves, but also our sexual partners. It should not be embarrassment to talk about it with the partner. Thus, the both partners can choose the best protection for themselves. Furthermore, it is recommended to avoid skin-to-skin contact with the infected skin areas till the time the blisters pass.

One of the most effective protections from all types of sexually transmitted diseases is the use of condoms and they should be used immediately when the erection occurs. Furthermore, oral sex should be avoided if a partner has mouth ulcers, because the virus is in the sores, as well as in the saliva of the infected person. There are certain anti-viral medications that can be of great help for the fast curing of the blisters and these medications are so effective, that they can even reduce the frequency of the outbreak of the ulcers.

HIV and herpes infection

Many doctors state that the open ulcers in the genital area may be one of the contributing causes for the incidence of HIV. However, when we treat genital herpes on time, we reduce the possibility of acquiring HIV. Many people with HIV usually have herpes, and this is because the immune system is very weak. Therefore, it is very important to go and check the genital herpes at a doctor in order to be sure about the overall health.

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