16 Apr Herpes Treatment and Prevention
While HSV 1 is commonly referred to as oral herpes and HSV 2 is often known as genital herpes, both HSV 1 and HSV 2 can be present in either the oral or genital regions. Herpes treatment and prevention information can help to lessen the frequency and severity of herpes outbreaks and reduce the likelihood that herpes will be passed onto a sexual partner.
HSV 1 infects approximately 90% of adults and can cause fever blister (also known as cold sores) around the mouth. HSV 1 can be transmitted to the genitals through oral contact.
HSV 2 is less common than HSV 1 as it infects only around 15-20% of adults. HSV 2, or genital herpes, can be transmitted to the oral region through genital to oral contact.
HSV 1 and HSV 2 Herpes Treatment and Prevention Information
“Herpes simplex virus-1 — from this point on, HSV-1 — is the virus that causes cold sores (also called fever blisters). Herpes simplex virus-2, HSV-2, is the virus that causes genital herpes. The HSV-1 virus never changes into HSV-2 or vice versa, nor does it transmit HSV-2. However, HSV-1 can infect the genital area and cause an outbreak that looks exactly like the outbreak of HSV-2. Furthermore, the HSV-2 virus can infect the lips to cause what looks exactly like a cold sore.
Condom use does lessen the risk of transferring HSV-2. Granted that it does not provide 100 percent protection, it does significantly limit the spread of the virus by about 50 percent. Engaging in intercourse with warning signs of an outbreak (pain, itching) or with an actual outbreak should never take place, even with a condom.
Close to 90 percent of adults, age 40 and older, in Canada and the United States are infected with the HSV-1 virus, and they may not have had an outbreak for years and years. The virus remains in the body for life. The virus can be detected through antibodies found in the blood.
For HSV-2, genital herpes, 15 percent to 20 percent of adults are infected. This virus also stays with an infected person for life.”
Herpes treatment and prevention information is vital to the millions of people infected with the herpes simplex virus. Treating herpes infections and reducing the number of herpes outbreaks reduces the chance that you will pass on the herpes virus to a sexual partner. Alternatives to herpes treatment drugs exist that are just as (if not more) effective and completely safe.
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