21 Jan Stop Genital Herpes Outbreak
An estimated 81% of people who have genital herpes are unaware of their condition. Are you one of them?
Because there is no herpes cure, genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Genital herpes, most commonly caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), affects 16% of the U.S. population – meaning statistically, one out of every six people you meet or walk by on the street may have genital herpes. What is more alarming is what the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has determined: an increasing number of people are getting genital herpes from HSV-1, the virus responsible for causing cold sores which appear on and around the mouth.
Since an estimated 81% of people who have genital herpes do not know they are infected, and because HSV-1 genital herpes has been on the rise, the CDC estimates that the percentage of the population infected with genital herpes could be much higher than 16%. Since the general public is not very educated on this condition, many people do not recognize their symptoms or misdiagnose themselves, and thereby unwittingly spread the condition to others.
What Can Be Done About Genital Herpes?
Even though herpes symptoms are on the skin, the virus itself resides in the nerve cells, often hidden away in the spinal column. For this reason, many topical remedies are widely regarded as ineffective because creams only soothe the skin, and cannot penetrate to the nerve root.
Long-time sufferers of genital herpes will be able to attest that the best form of herpes treatment is an antiviral herpes remedy. Antiviral herpes treatments are not cures; they can “cure” symptoms by suppressing the virus, but they cannot actually degrade or destroy the virus.
Most people consider expensive prescription antivirals like Famvir, Zovirax, and Valtrex as their only source of relief for oral and genital herpes. These harsh chemical drugs have many side effects that can be nearly as discomforting as the condition itself – common side effects include diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, and general feelings of weakness. Many people have also experienced alarming allergic reactions that can damage the skin (in rare cases causing lethal conditions like toxic epidermal necrolysis) and other organs.
Genital herpes is the most common STD; do not for a moment feel that you are alone when facing this condition.