Genital Herpes is an infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus also known by the acronym HSV. This same virus can cause Oral Herpes. In fact as a percentage of the total American adult population there are more people suffering from Oral Herpes than from Genital Herpes. HSV exist in two different forms, and both forms of Herpes Simplex Virus can cause Genital Herpes. The two types of HSV are as follows:
- HSV Type 1 - most commonly develops into Oral Herpes infecting the lips (fever blisters or cold sores). Type 1 can also infect the genital area causing sores to develop.
- HSV Type 2 – generally infects the genital area (Genital Herpes); however, type 2 can also infect the mouth.
Genital Herpes Symptoms will appear within 2 to 10 days of initial infection. Symptoms can last anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks. Consider some of the following Genital Herpes Symptoms:
- Itching or burning feeling in the genital or anal area
- Pain in the legs, buttocks, or genital area
- Discharge of fluid from the vagina
- Feeling of pressure in the abdomen
- Sores appear on the mouth, penis, vagina, cervix, urinary passage, etc.
- Small red bumps
- Painful open sores
- Muscle aches
- Painful urination
- Vaginal discharge
- Swollen glands in the genital area
A person who has Genital Herpes infection can easily pass or transmit the virus to an uninfected person during sex. There is no cure for Herpes to date. Even though the outbreak of sores will subside and clear up, the Herpes Simplex Virus will retreat to the nerve endings in the body and remain in an inactive state until the next breakout. Supporting your immune system should be the first goal to reducing the reoccurring outbreaks of Genital Herpes. A weakened immune system is more prone Genital Herpes Outbreaks.