About Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus which is transmitted through unprotected sex with an infected partner. Once the virus enters the body the symptoms can be experienced within a week of the exposure. The individual will feel pain and severe itching sensation around the genital areas.

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After about a couple of weeks, formation of erythematous rashes occurs around the genital area. These rashes take the shape of ulcers which ultimately rupture and ooze fluid and then heal. The symptoms then tend to fade away only to return after some months. Genital herpes is an extremely contagious infection and spreads through direct contact with an infected individual.

In some cases, an individual may have no symptoms but still may carry the virus and infect others who come in contact with the person. Females are more at risk for getting this infection than males although the spread of this disease is faster through males than females.

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Having sex with multiple partners also carries a big risk of getting Genital Herpes. This article highlights whether there is a cure for this disease and what are the treatment options for it.

Is There a Cure for Genital Herpes & How to Treat It?

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Is There a Cure for Genital Herpes and How to Treat It?

Unfortunately as of now there is no cure for genital herpes infection. Once the virus enters the body it stays dormant for some days before the symptoms of genital herpes start to appear. With treatment, the symptoms of genital herpes can be controlled but it is not uncommon to have frequent recurrences of genital herpes.

Once an individual gets genital herpes infection it becomes vital for the patient to take medications for herpes to prevent it from spreading to other people through sexual contact. Antiviral medications are the frontline treatment for Genital Herpes. These medications facilitate faster healing of the blisters caused due to the infection when it first strikes. They also reduce the frequency and severity of the recurrences.

Antiviral medications also decrease the contagiousness of genital herpes. The most preferred medication for treating Genital Herpes includes acyclovir and Valtrex. The physician generally recommends these medications during a current outbreak of symptoms and not otherwise. These medications normally have no side effects with good tolerance levels. In some cases, the physician may also order a daily preventive medication to prevent any recurrence of symptoms of Genital Herpes.

In summary, Genital Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is caused due to unprotected sex or having sexual intercourse with multiple partners. Genital Herpes is quite a painful condition which is also accompanied by sores or blisters which are red in color.

Genital herpes unfortunately does not have a cure and the virus stays within the body once it enters. The symptoms of Genital Herpes wax and wane and recurrence are quite common. Antivirals are the primary treatment given for this condition. They help in controlling the symptoms and hasten the healing process of the blisters.

Genital Herpes is a preventable condition provided that people take necessary precautions while indulging in any sexual behavior and try and avoid multiple partners as much as possible.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: April 2, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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