Genital herpes is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects thousands of people every year. It is more common in women than it is in men. A virus named herpes simplex causes this disease. Many people won’t even realize that they have this infection until they feel pain. This infection occurs mostly in people between ages 14 and 49.
There are two kinds of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSB-2. The HSV-1 type of genital herpes causes blisters or cold sores around the mouth. The HSV-2 type is spread through sexual contact and appears in the genital areas. The infection can get into the body through the mucous membrane of the mouth, vagina, urethra, rectum or through small cracks on the skin.
Causes of Genital Herpes
Genital Herpes can occur due to a number of causes. First of all, it happens during sexual intercourse. It can also happen if a person kisses another person having a cold sore. If you share the same sex toy with your partner then the infection can get into you from your partner. If your partner has this infection and you get into contact with that area then you will have genital herpes as well. If you have cold sores and you do oral sex, then you will pass on the virus to your partner. If there is an infection in your fingers and you touch your partners genital then this infection can spread also. If you are pregnant and you have this infection at the time of birth then your baby may have this infection as well.
Symptoms of Genital Herpes
Sometimes people show mild symptoms of this disease which can be confused with other diseases. Some of the noticeable symptoms include blisters, which look like pimples, around the genital area. These blisters can be painful. Ulcers form when the blisters break and it takes a few weeks to heal. You can have fever, aches, chills or swollen lymph nodes. You may also get a burning sensation or itching.
If you have a weak immune system or if you are under some kind of medication then you have a higher chance of having this infection. According to a WHO report, genital herpes occurs to 67% of people under 50 years of age. So, it is very common and you don’t need to get scared if you have it. However, there is no cure for this disease. It may go away after a few weeks and then come back again. There are some medications that may ease your pain.
The infection will not spread by sharing towels or hugging another person. It will happen during sexual contact. If you have multiple sex partners then you have a high risk of having genital herpes. You will also have a risk of getting HIV virus and other dangerous sexually transmitted viruses. Genital herpes can lead to bladder problems, meningitis, and other diseases. It is better to stay with one sexual partner and avoid any type of unprotected sex. Learn more about genital herpes by reading my stories about herpes.