At some stage in life, you might have heard the name of genital herpes. It is a disease which is a common disease caused as a result of transmission for any sexually active person. The awkward thing about this disease is that most of the people carrying this virus don’t depict any sort of symptoms. It is still capable of spreading to the sex partner even without any of the apparent symptoms so it can be an alarming situation at times.
Genital herpes can be caused by two types of viruses. The names of those viruses are herpes simple virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simple virus type 2 (HSV-2). It is a very common disease. A survey shows that almost one out of 6 people have been suffering from this disease and their age ranged from 14 – 49 years.
The type of virus causing oral herpes is HSV-1. In oral herpes, one is found with cold sores or spots or fever blisters on the mouth and in some cases around it as well. Most people carrying these types of viruses do not have any type of symptom.
Oral sex results in oral herpes, and it is caused by HSV-1, and it can be spread from mouth to the genitals.
Spreading of Genital herpes
This disease is caused by having sexual intercourse (anal, vaginal or oral) with the infected person. The infection can spread to a normal person if he comes across someone who is supposed to be carrying the herpes virus in the herpes sore, secretions from genital organs and saliva, the skin around the genital area or the oral area containing herpes.
Special care and precautions needs to be taken in order to avoid getting this disease transmitted into your body. Since there are no visible symptoms so sometimes, it can be quite threatening to get involved in a sexual intercourse with a concerned person.
The carrier of this virus isn’t even himself aware of the fact that he is suffering from a certain disease. It is a myth that herpes is caused by using public washrooms or silverware. A toilet seat doesn’t cause herpes, or does it is caused by other relevant factors like swimming pool, touching utensils or bedding.
Reducing the risk of herpes
The only approved and most efficient way not to have genital or oral herpes is by avoiding all types of sex i.e., anal, vaginal and oral. If you can’t keep this under control since you are sexually active, so the first thing you can do is do some STD test of your partner and make sure for the safety that your partner is safe from herpes. The the only thing you can do right away is to use latex condoms in the right way while having sex.
It should be kept in mind that a latex condom isn’t the best practice to opt for. It doesn’t cover the whole of herpes affected area, but some of it might be visible as well. In this case, if your partner is suffering from herpes so here are some steps he/she can do to give a safe sex.
The partner should be taking the anti-herpes medication every day to keep this virus away from infecting you. You can also avoid having any sort of sex with your partner, but the best thing is to consult the doctor in this situation.