While sitting in your office, do a quick survey of the people sitting around you and read this article.

It is very likely that if there are seven other people in the office at least two of you are infected with Genital Herpes.

My friend, you read that correctly, because according to studies done by the American Social Health Association currently there is 1 in 4 people over the age of 12 that are infected with either Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) type 1, or HSV type 2, these viruses causes Genital Herpes. Genital Herpes most cases are caused by HSV type 2.

In the spread of these viruses the major problem is the fact that in quite a number of cases symptoms won't often show for many years, or ever. If your partner won't show any of the symptoms this does not indicate whether they are infected or not with the virus. Viruses spread in situations like these - when no symptoms or sores are present.

The symptoms of Genital Herpes include:

  • A group of blisters or open sores on the vagina, penis, cervix, buttocks, vulva or anus.
  • Pain in the areas mentioned above.
  • A Burning sensation when urine flows over the area or sores.
  • Itching in the areas mentioned above, as well as
  • The inability to urinate when severe swelling blocks the urethra

Within two to three weeks after the virus has entered the body outbreaks of the symptoms happen, however this period can oscillate greatly from case to case. That in some of the cases the virus doesn't cause any symptoms for many years or ever as it has been mentioned before. These outbreaks can also tend not to happen only once, but in many cases a person with Genital Herpes can have recurrence up to 6 outbreaks.

Genital HerpesCurrently there are no cures for Genital Herpes; however, many studies have been made in the development of a vaccine against the virus. As some experts believe that a viable vaccine could plausibly be available within five years.

It is recommended that if you suspect that you're infected with Genital Herpes you must see your physician or gynecologist as soon as possible. So that you can sooner be tested for HSV 1 or 2 antibodies, by one of the two FDA-approved, type-specific tests that are available on the market. If it has been confirmed that indeed you have contracted HSV, your physician will prescribe you most likely with certain antiviral medicines. It is recommended that you use in addition to these antiviral medicines natural pain-relief remedies or medicines to decrease your discomfort.

Antiviral medicines that are currently available for Genital Herpes include:
  • Acyclovir
  • Famciclovir, and
  • Valacyclovir

These antiviral medicines are very effective all three of them in stopping the growth of HSV. They are usually taken orally, but can also be given by IV. Also available is a topical form of Acyclovir on the market called Zovirax ointment, although its effectiveness is debatable.

The best ways to protect yourself from the virus are the same as for any other Sexually Transmitted Diseases which are:
  • Abstinence
  • Being Faithful to your Partner
  • Using a Condom whenever participating in sexual activities.

It has been ingrained into most of our minds these three concepts since before middle school, however still it remains the best ways to keep from getting infected with HSV, HIV, or any other STD's.

It is recommended that you call the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at (800) 232-4636 if you need more information on Genital Herpes or any other Sexually Transmitted Diseases.