Before now, we use to think that HIV/AIDS, is the most dangerous viral infection that can be gotten via unprotected sex. Sorry to disappoint you, HIV is just one of them. There are so many viral infections that could be transmitted via sexual activity and they include: Genital Herpes, Hepatitis, Genital wart or Human papilloma virus. Today, we will be focusing on Gential Herpes infection and the dangers associated with it. Genital Herpes is a viral infection that can be transmitted via sexual activities. Its of two types: the Herpes Simplex Virus type-1 ( HSV-1) and the Herpes Simplex Virus type -2 (HSV-2). The HSV-1 also known as oral herpes can be asymptomatic but if symptoms occur, it could come in form of blisters in the mouth, lips and even the tongue. When such blisters appear by the side of the mouth or lip, people often think it to be malaria or typhoid related. However, it is caused by HSV-1. It can be contracted from kissing and oral sex. The Herpes simplex virus 2, can be contracted via unprotected sex. With modern technology, certain preventive measures and antiviral medicines (e.g. acyclovir) has been made available to prevent recurrences if detected on time (i.e. in less than 7 days). If this virus strain is not detected on time, it could get attached to your blood stream or DNA, and this can make treatment more difficult. When one come in contact with HSV-2 , the individual may notice symptoms like white blisters growing around the lip of the vagina ( the vulva) for females and around the shaft of the penis for males. These blisters has the tendency to become so much in appearance between 3-5 days. If such is tackled within this period via the intervention of a medical health expert, the virus won’t be able to get attached to the DNA, thus making it impossible for recurrence. In most cases, we see individuals who try to get rid of the blisters either by self medication (some persons go to abuse ampiclox) or visit a quack for treatment. In such case, the blisters may disappear for a while, but over a period of a month or two, the blisters will still reappear much more than before. If such happens, it can only denote one thing; that the body was not able to fight the virus enough and as such, the virus attached itself to the DNA and this can lead to further recurrence which is dangerous. Also, recurrent Herpes infection can make one prone to other forms of infections including HIV/AIDS. Inorder to prevent this, one has to stay away from unprotected sex, avoid multiple sex partners or even get their partners tested before sex. Avoid self medication, stay protected! Always consult your health expert whenever you notice any strange occurrence or symptom in your body.
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