STD’s is an acronym that stands for sexually transmitted diseases. As the name suggests, these are diseases that are passed through contact of bodily fluids during sexual intercourse. Genital herpes is one such disease.
Who Can Get Genital Herpes?
As mentioned earlier, genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. This means that for one to get the disease, he or she must have had sexual intercourse with an already infected person without using the necessary protection. There is no other possible means that genital herpes may be transmitted other than through sexual intercourse.
Genital herpes is a viral disease. This means that it is caused by a type of virus known as herpes simplex virus. Herpes simplex viruses are of two types which are type 1(HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). However type two of the herpes simplex virus is more known for causing the genital herpes disease.
The most common symptoms and signs of genital herpes is blisters in the private parts which then burst into very painful wounds. These wounds however heal within a short period, usually between two weeks to one month. The blisters may then re occur but the second occurrence will be less severe and the trend continues with each re occurrence decreasing in severity.
There are specified drugs that are sold over the counter to reduce the severity of the blisters and the wounds caused by genital herpes. The drugs are of various types and they vary depending on the stage of advancement of the disease.
The most common treatment available for the genital herpes disease are the various drugs available at pharmacies and chemists. It is worth mentioning at this point that genital herpes is an incurable disease and all the drugs administered only serve to reduce the severity and or the strength of the disease.
Administration of drugs for the genital herpes and indeed any other disease is most preferable at the earliest stage possible. Upon realization that one has the disease, it is wise to administer the relevant drugs as soon as possible to prevent the disease from growing and becoming unmanageable.
As already mentioned earlier, the genital herpes disease has no cure. However, being a viral disease, there are antiviral drugs that can be administered. These drugs do not cure the disease but instead suppress the virus to prevent frequent re occurrence of blisters and sores that characterize the genital herpes disease. Daily therapy by the doctors also plays a key role in suppressing the viral disease. The means by which genital herpes is transmitted as already mentioned is through sexual intercourse. This means that prevention of this disease is quite simple through the use of protection (condoms) during sexual intercourse. This will prevent bodily fluids from coming into contact with each other thus preventing transmission. Alternatively, one may abstain from engaging in sexual intercourse.