5 things you didn't know about genital herpes

  1. Common, but on the decline
    Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older -- or one out of five adolescents and adults -- have had genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 or type 2. Over the past decade, the percentage of Americans with genital herpes has decreased, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. It's more common in women (about one out of four women) than men (almost one out of eight).
  2. Symptoms
    Most people who have genital herpes don't know it because they've never had any symptoms or don't recognize them. But often, when a person becomes infected for the first time, symptoms appear in two to 10 days. Early signs include a tingling feeling or itching in the genital area, or pain in the buttocks or down the leg. Blisters typically appear on or around the genitals or rectum. You can still infect a partner if sores aren't visible.
  3. New research
    Some clinical trials are testing drugs aimed at disrupting genes or enzymes that the virus needs to survive. Several vaccines are in various stages of development, as well as gels or creams that a woman could insert into the vagina before sex to prevent infection in herself and her partner.
  4. Pregnancy
    If a woman has her first episode of genital herpes while she's pregnant, she can pass the virus to her unborn child and may deliver a premature baby. Half of the babies infected with herpes either die or suffer nerve damage. If a pregnant woman has an outbreak and it is not the first one, her baby's risk of being infected during delivery is very low.
  5. Donating blood
    People with herpes can donate blood. According to the American Red Cross, individuals taking antiviral medication (acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir) will need to wait 48 hours after their last dose before donating blood. The American Red Cross says those currently experiencing an outbreak of genital herpes should not donate blood.

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Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

shanee's picture
shanee says:

wow i didnt know that there were so many more undiscovered fact on genital herpes..thats really huge to know about these things...

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 10:09am
Herpatologist's picture
Herpatologist says:

I see...
That's all good to know.

Why is this here?

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 2:01pm
tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

Well it is important the information about the differ of kinds of genital herpes.

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 9:59am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Dang Yo!!
That's some serious stuff
Read It Nd Keep It In Ya Heads!!!

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 10:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Sadly, there's no cure for herpes but still be hope the virus remains dormant for long period and there are vaccines in market to remove infection from the root for more details regarding STD check it out

posted on Tue, 12/14/2010 - 3:21am
Rain's picture
Rain says:

Before anything else, you should seek medical advised to let you know if it is a genital herpes or genital warts. The two disease sometimes confused people. For Genital herpes there are antiviral medications that you can use. For Genital herpres you can use Oxyfend. The most important thing that everyone should know is prevention is better than cure. Practice safe sex.

posted on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 4:12am
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Damir says:

Even though it may seem as if there is no hope for you when it comes to being diagnosed with an active herpes outbreak, you need to remember that this is not the end of the line. There are still plenty of steps that can be taken to protect your body against outbreaks and to treat the blisters and sores that appear on your body as a result.

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posted on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 9:54pm

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