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What to Know About Genital Herpes: Facts, Misconceptions, and Treatment


Can You Get Genital Herpes in Australia

Just like any other part of the world, genital herpes is something that can spread and be caught in Australia. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that is one of the most well-known due to how common it is. Most people what genital herpes is either through experience or through hearing from their friends experiences. One of the most scary aspects of genital herpes is that it is a sexually transmitted infection that may never go away. Once you contract genital herpes, you can experience breakouts at any given time throughout a year. Genital herpes is known to reactivate at random times and can be a real damper on one’s sex life.

How is genital herpes spread

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that is spread through contact with an infected person. Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The herpes simplex virus will lie dormant in a host body until it is reactivated. During this time, a person may spread herpes to someone else even if they aren’t experiencing any visible signs of an outbreak. In fact, many people do not even know that they have herpes. This can be due to the fact that it does not show any signs. turn off Isabel symptoms there is no way for a person to know whether they have contracted herpes unless they are tested for STDs.


What are the symptoms

Some of the symptoms of genital herpes are quite painful. These symptoms can include pain and redness of the genital area as well as small red bumps that constantly itch. A small bumps can also appear as white blisters and ulcers may form causing painful itching and irritation. Other symptoms of genital herpes include scabs that can crust over the rash and form scabs. These symptoms will only occur during an outbreak and the lack of symptoms does not necessarily mean you are free and clear offset herpes simplex virus. Other areas that can develop sores include the butt and thigh regions. There can also be sores around the anus as well as the mouse and urethra.

How long does it last

It is quite common for a person to experience genital herpes symptoms for many years. When the infection first enters the body, the host will experience a burning and tingling sensation that morphs into itching.There are two main types of herpes simplex virus infections. They are simply named HSV-1 and HSV-2. The first kind of genital her is the most common and creates visible cold sores as well as blisters.  Your doctor will prescribe Valtrex or Acyclovir as a treatment. The second kind of herpes virus is the one that most often causes genital herpes. This virus is spread through sexual contact as well as skin on skin contact. Even if the host does not have an open sore, it is still possible for physical and sexual contact to spread the virus.

Complications of genital herpes

There can be enough complications that arise when a person has genital herpes. Aside from being able to easily transfer the infection to other individuals, there is a risk for a pregnant woman of infecting their children. The infection typically does not spread while the baby is in the womb but rather occurs when the baby is delivered. During the birthing process, the baby may have contact with infected areas of the mother. Complications that can arise as a result of genital herpes include bladder issues as well as meningitis.

While it is rare, meningitis can occur as a result of an HSV infection. This occurs because the HSV infection causes the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain to become inflamed.

How to prevent

Since genital herpes is so common and easily spread, it can be difficult to prevent. Some of the easiest ways to prevent yourself from getting genital herpes is to abstain from sexual contact. Only have sex with a person if you are certain they are not infected weather this means a bill of health from the doctor or some other means, it is best to know for sure. Sometimes using a condom or other birth control methods is not enough to stop the spread of the HSV virus. Speak with your doctor to find out exactly how you can help stop the spread of genital herpes in Australia today.

Peter Williams

General Practitioner. I worked in hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney.

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