Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus whereby distinguishes two types of virus. The first type of herpes occurs in the mouth, manifesting in the form of cold sores and fever blisters. Once upon a time, oral herpes couldn’t cause genital herpes, however, lately, given that sexual activity among young people is in a large increase, HSV-1 may be the trigger of genital herpes. The second type of herpes virus, which is located in the nerve tissue in the lower spine, mainly causes occurrence of genital herpes. When this virus activates it travels to the infected skin and mucous membranes, where doubles. By rubbing against someone else’s skin during intercourse it transfers to another person. Thereafter, the virus travels back to its original habitat, where it is idle for some time. Genital herpes usually affects the penis, scrotum, vulva, vagina, anus, urinary ducts, thighs and buttocks
About 20% of people older than 12 in America are infected with genital herpes and most of them are not even aware of it. Genital herpes is more common in women than in men, given that the genitals in women are more susceptible for developing infections. In addition, genital herpes is more common in black than in white people. Also, genital herpes is more common in people who frequently have sex and change sexual partners.
The first type of genital herpes virus can be transmitted by a kiss. In addition this type of virus can be transmitted by oral sex, where it becomes genital herpes. The second type of herpes virus is transmitted by direct penetration of the penis into the vagina or anus. Also, if a person has genital herpes it can be transmitted by oral sex on the mouth of a partner and then it becomes oral herpes. Since herpes simplex virus can not survive long outside the human body, there is little probability to catch genital herpes over the toilet seat or tub.
The spread of genital herpes can be prevented by using protection during sex, which covers the affected area. If a genital herpes can be seen on the genitals, sex should not be practiced. Also, if the person has oral herpes, oral sex should be avoided.
The most recognizable symptom of genital herpes is a group of blisters filled with liquid, which tend to break. After shooting, blisters heal by forming scabs which can be very painful experience. In some cases, these blisters are manifested in the form of small pimples or a rash. Sometimes, as a consequence of genital herpes, appear painful urination or excretion of watery fluid from the vagina.
Start of infection can be recognized on the basis of swollen lymph glands in the groin and high temperature. The blisters usually occur after 4-7 days.
When person become infected wit the HSV virus, boils break out without any order. In some people they appear once a year, while in others these ulcers are much more frequent. Before breaking out, on places where boils will be appears feeling of slightly tingling, itching and tickling. Also, as an announcement of the blisters outbreak can appear intense pain in the pelvis or down the leg.
Genital herpes occurs in its worst form only for the first time, while each subsequent time the symptoms become less severe.