Genital and Oral Herpes are infections that presents itself with an outbreak of sores that are small and painful. These sores are often covered by a pus layer. Many individuals experience prodromal (early warming signs) symptoms before outbreaks occur. These symptoms include tingling, itching and pain. Over time, infected individuals learn to realize these prodromal symptoms are signs that an outbreak is about to occur. Many people suffer no symptoms at all. Symptoms will usually develop after two weeks of becoming infected by the Herpes Simplex Virus. In the following, some of the risks and complications associated with genital herpes are briefly discussed.
Risks and Complications
Most generally, Genital Herpes causes no long term health problems. If an individual has a compromised immune system, outbreaks of Genital Herpes could be very severe and last for long periods of time. The greatest risk for those with Genital Herpes is acquiring HIV. Simply treating Genital Herpes does not lower this risk. Some experts tend to think that cells commonly infected by HIV are present in greater concentration at the Herpes infection site. This is true for many months after a sore caused by Genital Herpes has completely healed. It is also commonly known that most of those infected with Genital Herpes have poor safe sex practices. This leaves them more at risk for contracting HIV. Genital Herpes also leaves open sores after outbreaks. This is a portal for easily being infected by HIV and AIDS.
Many women find out they have Genital Herpes after they have become pregnant. Some can have their first outbreak during their pregnancy. When this happens, the woman can pass the Herpes Simplex Virus on to their unborn child and herpes increases the risk of premature birth. Babies born suffering from Neonatal Herpes often die or may experience neurological damages. These babies may develop severe rashes, eye problems leading to blindness and encephalitis. Treatment using acyclovir can improve the outcome for infected infants greatly. Most physicians perform cesarean section deliveries on those women who are infected with Genital Herpes. If there is no active herpes at the time of delivery, there is minimal risk of having a vaginal birth.
One of the greatest risks of having Genital Herpes is spreading it to other individuals. Those with Genital Herpes should be extremely cautious as passing it on to other individual is very easy. Someone with Oral Herpes can have oral sex with another person and give them the virus resulting in Genital Herpes.
There is no cure for Genital Herpes. Prevention is the best solution in combating the rising spread of Genital Herpes. Those suffering with Genital Herpes should always seek medical attention from their physician who can begin a treatment regimen that will control the severity and frequency of their outbreaks.