Herpes Genitalis or genital herpes is a STD (Sexually transmitted disease) that is caused by HSV(herpes simplex virus), either HSV1 or HSV2. This disease is taking on increasing proportions. Typically Herpes Genitalis spreads through sexual contact, either vaginal, oral or anal. Kissing and skin contact can also lead to the spread of genital herpes. Genital herpes passes through open sores and wounds. A person infected with herpes genitalis is likely to remain infected throughout his/her life. Most persons suffer recurrent episodes.
Genital herpes leads to painful sores on or around the genital area. There may be itching around these blisters. Men suffering from genital herpes notice sores on the shaft and head of the penis. There may be pain on urination. Women may suffer blisters on the vagina, cervix or inner thighs and develop vaginal discharge. Other symptoms of genital herpes include headache, backache and fever. Herpes genitalis can spread from one part of the body to another.
Genital herpes has been linked to instances of cervical cancer and genital warts. Pregnant women pass on this disease to the newborn. Virus culture of the fluid from the blisters is an indication of genital herpes. Oral medication such as acyclovir, famciclovir, penciclovir and valacyclovir are used in treating herpes genitalis. They are effective in suppressing the symptoms of genital herpes but not in curing the infection. Intravenous treatment is recommended for patients suffering from severe infection of herpes genitalis.
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