Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is sexually transmitted disease which is common in people under the age of 50. In most of the cases, the symptoms are not visible and the people affected by this virus are unaware of their condition. There is no vaccine available which can prevent genital herpes.


  • Affects as much as 30% of the population globally
  • Anti-viral medication available to control symptoms

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Aciclovir
£30.00

  • Very effective for genital herpes
  • Treats and prevents the infection from occurring
  • Aciclovir tablets are used for severe infections
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Valaciclovir
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  • Very effective for genital herpes
  • Treats and prevents the infection from occurring
  • Not recommended for people over 65 years


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Description

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. It causes herpetic sores that are painful blisters. This condition is common in people under 50. At least 8 in 10 people are unaware of their condition when affected by this virus as the symptoms are not visible. More than 60% people are at risk of this virus due to unprotected sex. There is no cure to herpes but treatments can reduce and prevent the symptoms.


The genital infection is usually seen in the penis, anus, vulva, buttocks, vagina, and the surrounding areas of the skin. This virus erupts from time to time. Over time, this fade. On an average, people tend to have 1-4 recurrences every year during the first two years. There are two types of herpes virus: Type 1 and Type 2. The former causes cold sores and the latter is responsible for genital herpes.


Genital herpes usually transfers with skin contact of the infected person. Oral/vaginal sex or just close genital contact can also cause the risk. The herpes virus can also enter through a cut or break in the skin.


Symptoms

Most of the people never develop any symptoms. However, some hints can indicate the infection. Hence, regular medical checkups are always advised. Check if you suffer from:


  • Itching
  • Redness in some parts of the body
  • Mild fever
  • Body pain
  • Painful blisters around the genital areas or back passage
  • Sore ulcers
  • Lumps at the top of your legs
  • Pain while urination
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Blisters and ulcers in the cervix


To learn more about genital herpes, see the comprehensive patient information leaflet


Causes

Two types of herpes virus cause genital herpes: HSV-1, which causes cold sores, and HSV-2, which causes genital herpes.


Our body has several openings: mouth, nose, and genitals. There are thin layers of tissues that line these openings. They are known as mucous membranes. The herpes viruses get into our body through these membranes. Once the viruses enter our system, they incorporate themselves into our cells and stay in the nerve cells of our pelvis. They multiply and adapt themselves easily. Hence, treating them becomes difficult.


The herpes viruses can be found in the:

  • Vaginal secretions
  • Saliva
  • Semen


Prevention

There is no cure to herpes but treatments can reduce and prevent the symptoms. Genital herpes can be prevented if certain precautions are taken.

  • Go for protected sex (use condoms)
  • Avoid having multiple sexual partners
  • Avoid intimacy with people who have a cold sore
  • Go for regular medical checkups

Types Of Treatment

There is no cure to herpes but treatments can reduce and prevent the symptoms. There are various means to ease out the symptoms of genital herpes.


Painkillers

Paracetamols can help ease out the pain caused by herpes virus.


Anaesthesia

A numbing ointment can reduce the pain and itching. Lidocaine is one such example. You can apply the ointment 5 minutes before passing urine. However, if allergic reactions appear, stop the use of such ointments.


Ice Pack

Ice packs placed over the sores for 5-10 minutes can reduce the pain and cause relief. However, they should not be applied directly to the skin as it may cause ice burn. Wrap it in a towel and place it over the infected area.


Home Remedies

Urination can be painful. Hence, sitting in a warm bath or with water flowing over the area while urination can reduce the pain. Drink plenty of water. This can reduce the concentration of the urine and cause less pain. Also, do not use scented soaps. These may cause irritation. Clean the sores with cotton and plain or salt water. Then, instead of a towel, use a hairdryer to gently dry the area. This can be one of the best options to reduce pain.


Anti-viral Medicines

Antiviral medicines stop the herpes virus from multiplying and spreading. If started early, they can reduce the severity of the symptoms. These medicines are prescribed when you have primary conditions as well as recurrences. Course duration is 5 days. However, it can increase depending on the condition.


Some of these medicines used to treat genital herpes are:


  • Aciclovir
  • Famciclovir
  • Valaciclovir



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Questions & Answers

Who can be affected by Genital Herpes?

Anyone under the age of 50 who is sexually active can get genital herpes infection.


Are the symptoms visible?

NO. In most cases, the symptoms of this virus are not visible.


Can anyone be infected by this virus?

YES. However, HSV-Type 2 virus (Genital herpes) is more common in women than in men.


Can antibiotics work on this virus?

NO. Genital herpes is caused by a virus, so antibiotics will not work. There is no cure to herpes but treatments can reduce and prevent the symptoms.


How can you know if you have genital herpes?

As symptoms are not visible early, a blood test can help you know if you are infected.



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