Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus, which gains access to the body through mucus membranes and finds dwelling in the nerve cells of the pelvis.
The herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a member of the Herpesviridae family. It causes periodic outbreaks of painful blisters on the skin or mucous membranes in areas affected by moisture.
The infection results in herpetic sores, pains, and itching, it is contagious and mostly transmitted through sexual contacts, whether oral sex or penetration.
I will like to inform people who may not have been previously aware of this condition can be transmitted from mother to baby during childbirth.
It is common among people between the ages of 14 to 49 years.
Causes Of Genital Herpes.
HSV-1: Type A of the virus that causes cold sores.
HSV-2: Type B of the herpes simplex virus that causes genital herpes.
Notable Symptoms of Genital Herpes.
Symptoms become visible 2 to 30 days after contracting the virus. While some may have no symptoms or little symptoms.
- Pain and itching: You will experience pain and tenderness in your genital area until the infection clears.
- Blisters: Small red bumps or tiny white may appear a few days to a few weeks after infection.
- Ulcers: There are possibilities of Ucler to form when blisters rupture and ooze or bleed. Ulcers may make it painful to urinate.
- Scabs: Skin will crust over and form scabs as ulcers heal.
- Lymph becomes swollen.
- Headaches body aches and fever.
Infected Area In Women.
Areas of Outbreak in women
Infected Area In Men.
Areas of Outbreak in Men
Children can contract genital herpes from their mother during vagina delivery (cesarean section is advised for infected persons). Infected Children usually have Ulcers on:
- The face.
Genital herpes in children could lead to:
- Brain Damage.
Complications Genital Herpes May Result.
- Bladder Problems: Sores can cause inflammation in the Urethra, it will cause a swelling that can close the urethra for several days, which may require the insertion of a catheter to drain your bladder.
- Meningitis: In some cases, HSV causes the inflammation of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord.
- Rectal inflammation (proctitis): Genital herpes could cause the inflammation of the lining of the rectum. This is common in men who have sex with men.
There is no known cure for Genital Herpes.
When infected you can use Antiviral drugs and other prescribed medications to control the symptoms and reduce outbreaks.
How To Prevent Genital Herpes.
- Use condoms during sexual intercourse.
- Don’t have sexual intercourse with anyone that has an out break of herpes.
- Stick to one sexual partner, avoid multiple partners.