“Familiarity breeds contempt”. That’s the way the age-old saying goes. When it comes to the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, it’s no exception. The only difference is that, it now breeds, and transmits, something as contemptible as a disease inducing virus.
What the paragraph above tries to establish is clear enough. If someone asks about the primary way that the Genital Herpes virus is transmitted, the answer would be through plain carelessness while having sex.
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), the agent behind Genital Herpes, is transmitted from a person to another by skin contact, especially of the intimate kind. Condoms are a lifesaver in such cases, especially LATEX condoms (animal skin condoms are not recommended). Abstinence is the best-recommended practice under such circumstances. However, should a person infected with the Genital Herpes virus be ever considered as a partner in a lovemaking session, it is critical for all the other players to adopt safe sex measures such as using condoms, dental dams (if one plans to indulge in oral sex) or avoiding contact with any visible sores or blisters.
Actually, Genital Herpes infection is an alarmingly common phenomenon the world over. In the US alone, close to 50 million people are infected with it! So there is reason to worry for sure – particularly when the number of cases does not seem to be going down.
Even though the virus cannot be ‘cured’ as such, there is no dearth of excellent treatment options to relieve the symptoms. Medication can do wonders to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with an outbreak, and can also shorten the time required to heal completely. In most cases, the virus manifests virtually no symptoms, or only very mild ones. However, for the unfortunate few with pronounced symptoms, it is not unnatural to feel embarrassed.
Transmission of the Genital Herpes Virus – How To Know
It could take anywhere between 2 days to 2 weeks for the symptoms to appear after the transmission of the Genital Herpes virus. For both the sexes, the symptoms include:
– Itchiness of and around the genitals.
– Small blisters in the vagina, the vulva, the penis, the testicles, on or around the anus, and even on the thighs or buttocks.
– Mild lumps in the groin area.
– The initial episode is sometimes accompanied by fever and headaches.
– Rupturing of blisters leading to painful sores. These sores usually dry up, leaving scabbing that eventually fall off.
– Discomfort and pain during urination.
– The onset of an active outbreak is often preceded by a slight tingling or burning sensation.
There is a greater risk involved in oral sex with someone who is infected with Genital Herpes. This can cause sores inside the mouth or on the lips, and can lead to great deal of discomfort. It is also important to remember that although Genital Herpes manifests itself primarily on or around the mouth or genitals, it can sometimes even cause outbreaks elsewhere in the body as well.