All that you need to know about Herpes

It has already happened! You have just found out that you have Herpes. You are informed that this is forever as far as the virus is not subject to complete cure, but it can be treated. Thus, you can have full life. So, what should be done under the above described condition? Let’s start with the beginning!

Don’t be so tragic about it!


Just imagine! Herpes infected the majority of people. The HSV-1 careers make about 67 % of world population between the ages of 15–49. And the statistics insists that 1 in 6 people suffer from HSV-1 so-called Genital Herpes. Moreover most of people with herpes don’t even suspect that they have it as far as they haven’t any symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Herpes?

Herpes lives in the nerves waiting until the immune system weakens and then reappears under favorable conditions. Everybody knows that when this virus activates, the unpleasant and painful blisters appear. But in addition to them there are “atypical symptoms”, which are not so often discussed and that is why people do not even suspect that this is Herpes. Among them we can mention the nerve pain, pain in muscles, and itching. A person can feel tired or have flu symptoms – conditions, the real reason of which is the virus.

And do remember: you can be infected and at the same time you can never have an outbreak. The virus lives in your body being asleep and only a blood test can show the exact result revealing antibodies for Herpes as a proof of infection. We hope, you know the antibodies appear only in the case when an organism resists the disease in the present or in the past. And as far as Herpes stay for you forever, it is a trustworthy warning.

How Does It Spread?

HSV-1 can be spread through the mouth when you are kissing or sharing a drink, meal, cigarettes and so on. HSV-2 is transmitted via sexual intimacy of any kind including mutual masturbation and sharing sex toys. Remember this virus can be transmitted even during skin-to-skin contact.

The Dangers

In general Herpes is inconvenient and painful of course. The blisters upset and spoil the day but the virus does not threaten life. Though there are conditions, which can be vital. Suppressing immunity the virus creates the favorable conditions for easy penetration of other viruses like HIV, because it creates the sores – an open window for HIV to get into the body. Another danger is a high probability of transmission from a pregnant woman to her baby.

How To Reduce Risk?

Administrating suppressive antiviral medication a person can have sex without danger for his partner if he takes measures to make it safe. In this case the risk of transmission is really small. It is highly recommended to use condoms but if there are blisters or sores on the skin that is not protected by condoms, a healthy partner can be infected. Unfortunately there are no standards as to suppressive therapy. In every individual case a consultation with a doctor is desirable. There are rather efficient tabs, for example, Valtrex. Though it won’t allow avoiding outbreaks, still it will prevent asymptomatic virus shedding. Preventing exposure to the virus through both medication and a physical barrier can be very effective.

You can use one of ways to treat the symptoms shortening the period of outbreak and easing the pain. The particular Herpes drugs also prevent the outbreaks from frequent repeating. We recommend turning to your doctor to get the individual treatment. You can be given different creams to heal the sores faster and tabs to cure it from inside and relieve a pain.