One of the most common STDs (Sexually Transmitted Disease) to be made a mockery of in various media channels is genital herpes. But for those who have contracted this particular STD, it isn’t a joke. It has become an integral part of many individuals worldwide since it is a widespread infection.

But let’s start with the most obvious question: what is genital herpes?

Google defines it as “a disease characterized by blisters in the genital area, caused by a variety of the herpes simplex virus”.

It is an STD created by the simplex type 1 & 2 viruses and unfortunately, scientific researchers haven’t found a cure as of yet. The virus is transmitted through various forms of sex – vaginal, anal or oral.

Sadly, majority of the time, people are unaware of being a carrier since the virus can take a significant amount of time before a symptom could surface.

It is for this reason that regular check-ups are important as is ensuring your partner is clean. Never be ashamed to push for a check-up or results to an STD test because at the end of the day, your partner’s health, if you are completely clean, is integral to your sex life.

Along with check-ups, the best way of preventing contraction is through the following:

  • Staying with one partner in a monogamous relationship
  • Using condoms

These methods do not guarantee complete safety since herpes does not always manifest in the genital areas. But they definitely assist to great lengths for a safer sex life.

If you think that you could be infected, check for some symptoms of herpes:

  • Excruciating Sores
  • Raw or red patches around the genitals without the accompanying itch
  • Breaking blisters around the anal, thigh, bum regions or the urethra
  • Painful urination  

These symptoms are unisex, meaning they could occur in both men and women. Again, go for regular check-ups to ensure all is well in the land of pleasure.

Although it could be devastating to learn you could have genital herpes, it’s important to keep in mind that those who have been infected by it are able to live healthy and relatively normal lives.

It is possible to continue having sex and even become pregnant, if you are a woman. Both would require the utmost caution, the latter needing more attention from your physician. Genital herpes could cause unwanted situations such as premature birth or miscarriage.

So consult with a physical immediately if you think you’ve been infected or are infected and have a child on the way. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Yes, genital herpes is not an ideal virus to contract but it does not mean your life has to end right there and then. It means an adjustment to regular activities and specialized care. The adjustment will become second nature eventually and you will be able to enjoy life like any other person.