When it comes to herpes, people have confused facts with myths. However, it is vital that these two are separated. What we need to understand is what this virus is, how can people get it and what are the protective measures that people can take to protect themselves.
What Is Herpes?
There are two types of herpes – herpes simplex one (HSV-1) and herpes simplex two (HSV-2). HSV-1 is the most common type of herpes which causes cold sores around the outside of the mouth while HSV-2 refers to genital herpes which is transmitted through intercourse. Once a person contracts herpes, it does not leave the body.
Who Can Get Herpes?
Herpes is a very common disease. Some statistics show that around 40% of genital herpes is the result of HSV-1 while genital herpes in 22% of people is caused by HSV-2. Many people who have herpes are unaware of it as it can be active on the skin without showing any symptoms. This virus can be easily transmitted even if there is no outbreak. Research shows that more than half the people who have herpes got it from their sexual partners even when the partner was not showing any symptoms.
People with Herpes Can Have an Active Sexual Life
People with genital herpes can have a sexually active life but should avoid it if they show symptoms such as genital or mouth sores. It does not cause cervical cancer or any fertility issues in either women or men. Women who have genital herpes can have normal deliveries, but in rare cases, this virus is passed on to the babies. This virus is not present in a person’s blood; thus, a person with herpes can donate blood without any difficulties.
How Is Herpes Transmitted?
Herpes can only be passed by direct skin contact, both genetically and orally. The herpes virus dies when it leaves the skin and is exposed to air. It cannot be passed by living in the same house or sharing the same communal facilities. People who have facial or genital herpes can share the same toilets, swimming pools, showers, and washing machines.
Is Herpes Curable?
Although there are no medications available on the market that can completely eradicate this virus from the body, there are some that can reduce the pain and chance of transmission. The best treatment is to educate yourself and not be defeated by a virus that is very common.
It Isn’t Lethal
Being diagnosed either with genital or oral herpes leaves the person quite emotional; however, it is important to remember that the disease isn’t lethal and you shouldn’t let it take a toll on your way of living.
If you do have the herpes virus, remember that it is quite common and you are not alone in this.