"What is Genital Herpes"

Amongst many sexually transmitted diseases, genital herpes is one of the most common in the U.S. Every 1 in 5 adults and adolescents is susceptible to the virus of this disease, amounting the number of sufferers to more than 45 million all across the U.S.

On occurrences of this STD, it brings with it as symptoms, painful blisters known as herpetic sores. These are bumps, filled with fluids. When they break open, they ooze out fluids.

Although it is dreading for being highly contagious and averse to be treated, its eruption can be restricted from spreading to your sexual partner with little knowledge and carefulness. It can be fatal and life-threatening for a newborn baby during the time of delivery through a vaginal canal if the mother has symptoms of genital herpes. As a result, the baby is highly at a risk of developing serious infections. The viruses of genital herpes find it easy to transmit to persons and cause them HIV infections including other STDs.

Causes of Herpes
Generally, a type of virus known as herpes simplex virus (HSV) is at the root of spreading this common type of herpes. However, we can see an onset of two different types of herpes due to two strains of virus. HSV-2 is the reason for every type of genital herpes, while HSV-1 causes a fever with blisters along with cold sores, generally found on the lips of the sufferers.  They are also responsible for genital herpes.

Mucus membranes found in the openings of the body, such as mouth, nose and genital are the entry to the human body for HSV 1 and 2 viruses

Different sexual acts like vaginal and anal intercourse and even oral sex pave the way for herpes viruses to spread in the body. Additionally, the contact with herpes ulcer facilitates viruses to spread easily.

On the contrary, the spread of the disease can take place if sexual contacts are developed by an infected person who does not show any kind of signs of infection.

Once they enter your body, they can easily adapt to the environment of your body, get along well with the cells, especially in the nervous cells of the pelvis. As they can multiply faster, their growth in the body is a hindrance for a proper treatment.

Symptoms Of Genital Herpes
There are many signs and symptoms of genital herpes, which can occur both to men and women.
·         Tingling sensation or itching around your genital and even around anal
 
·         Redness, itching, and cracked surfaces without painful feelings around your genitals
 
·         Small sized blisters when crack open causes painful sores. They may appear around your genitals- penis or vagina, rectal area, on your buttocks and on thighs. In a very rare case, the surface of the urethra- the tube which urine passes through may develop the same symptoms.
 
·         Pain during passing of urine, especially for women
 
·         Headaches
 
·         Backaches
 
·         Fever, flu symptoms, swollen lymph nodes and tiredness
 
These symptoms sometimes are related to the symptoms of vaginal yeast infections, bladder infection and bacterial infections. In order to know your correct signs of the condition, you better check with your health care provider.