Genital herpes 101

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Genital herpes can be classified as a sexually transmitted disease. It is majorly caused by herpes simplex viruses, HSV-2.  This appears as blisters or sores on the genitals of the infection.  Genital herpes can be contracted if a person has sex with a partner who is already infected. One may have no visible signs of sores or blisters but still have herpes virus in them. The only way that a person can be sure that they will be free from herpes virus is to have themselves tested and their partner too. If both are free from the virus, then they can be sure that they will not contact it for the rest of their lives but only if they remain faithful to each other and avoid having any side sexual relationships.

Most people who have genital herpes have very mild symptoms that are hard to notice or may have no symptoms at all. Most people therefore are not aware of their condition because they don’t realize it. Herpes symptoms are said to be most severe when one is first infected. This is simply because, the bodies is usually without antibodies to fight against the virus. With time though, the body is able to produce enough antibodies that help in the war against the virus leading to total herpes cure.

After the infection, most people get red bumps on their private parts which develop into blisters that later rupture. This is usually very painful and very uncomfortable. One may also feel itchiness or a burning sensation. There may be discharge and the lymph nodes may become swollen. Some people also complain of pain while urinating.

One may also have symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and headaches. When one is infected during pregnancy, the effect tends to become magnified and such women get very sick to the extent that they may need medical attention. Antiviral medicine, acyclovir intravenously is the one that is mostly administered.

It is most especially important for pregnant mothers to be extra careful when dealing with genital herpes because the infection can be transmitted to the baby during labor and delivery and can cause permanent health problems or even death. Herpes can be transmitted to the baby during labor and delivery if the body is shedding the virus at the time or if there is an outbreak during the same time.

If you happen to contract herpes during the first trimester, it is possible for the virus to pass through the placenta causing a miscarriage or very serious congenital disabilities even though this will rarely happen.

The only true solace for pregnant mothers is that you can prevent the worst before it happen by taking measures and precautions accordingly. But if you get yourself at the center of the situation, all hope is not lost as you only need to get proper medical attention to help in reducing the risk of infecting your baby.

They say prevention is better than cure and it is important for all mothers to be extra careful by making sure that they have the right knowledge and information on how to go about this disease.