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Genital Herpes Information Guide

Our aim is to be a definitive source for people seeking, information, help, advice, and real treatment options for Genital Herpes, as recommended by the CDC, FDA of America and the UK department of Health for STD's.

 
     

  What is Genital Herpes?  

    Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection.

     

    When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first outbreak. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years.

     

    Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, at least 45 million people ages 12 and older, or one out of five adolescents and adults, have had genital HSV infection. Over the past decade, the percent of Americans with genital herpes infection in the U.S. has decreased. Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of eight). This may be due to male-to-female transmission being more likely than female-to-male transmission.

     
  Famvir Antiviral Drug  

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    FAMVIR as approved by the FDA of America.

    FDA & CDC Approved Medications

     

     

    Famvir (Famciclovir)

    Synonyms: Famtrex, Famciclovirum

     

    Famvir (Famciclovir) is an antiviral used to treat herpes zoster (shingles) and genital herpes. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

     

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  Valtrex Antiviral Drug  

    valtrex

    VALTREX as approved by the FDA of America.

     

     

    FDA & CDC Approved Medications

     

     

    Valtrex (Valacyclovir)

    Synonyms: Aciclovier, Aciclovir, Acyclovir, Avirax, Valaciclovir, Valacivir, Valcivir, Valtrex, Vipral, Virorax

     

    Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is an antiviral used in patients with normal immune systems to treat herpes zoster infections (shingles) or to treat or suppress genital herpes. This medicine may be used in combination with safe sex practices in patients with genital herpes to help reduce the risk of spreading the condition to others. This medicine may also be used for cold sores (herpes simplex) or other conditions as determined by your doctor.

     

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  Zovirax Antiviral Drug  

    zovirax cream

    ZOVIRAX as approved by the FDA of America.

     

    FDA & CDC Approved Medications

     

     

    Zovirax (Acyclovir)

    Synonyms: Acivir, Neovir, Aciclovier, Avirax, Valtrex, Vipral, Virorax

     

    Zovirax (Acyclovir) is an antiviral used to treat shingles, chickenpox, or genital herpes. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

     

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  How do you get Genital Herpes?  

    HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection.

     

    Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected. HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called “fever blisters.” HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks.

     
  What are the signs and symptoms of Genital Herpes?  

    Most people infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection. However, if signs and symptoms occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite pronounced. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores typically heal within two to four weeks. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a second crop of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands. However, most individuals with HSV-2 infection never have sores, or they have very mild signs that they do not even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.

     

    People diagnosed with a first episode of genital herpes can expect to have several (typically four or five) outbreaks (symptomatic recurrences) within a year. Over time these recurrences usually decrease in frequency. It is possible that a person becomes aware of the “first episode” years after the infection is acquired.

     

    Genital herpes can cause recurrent painful genital sores in many adults, and herpes infection can be severe in people with suppressed immune systems. Regardless of severity of symptoms, genital herpes frequently causes psychological distress in people who know they are infected.

     

    In addition, genital HSV can lead to potentially fatal infections in babies. It is important that women avoid contracting herpes during pregnancy because a newly acquired infection during late pregnancy poses a greater risk of transmission to the baby. If a woman has active genital herpes at delivery, a cesarean delivery is usually performed. Fortunately, infection of a baby from a woman with herpes infection is rare.

     

    Herpes may play a role in the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Herpes can make people more susceptible to HIV infection, and it can make HIV-infected individuals more infectious.

     
  Treatment options for Genital Herpes?  

    The bad news is at the moment there is no cure for genital herpes, however anti viral medication can help prevent and shorten outbreaks.

     

    The 3 oral antiviral prescription medications available are FAMVIR (famciclovir), Zovirax®* (acyclovir), and Valtrex®* (valacyclovir). These genital herpes treatments can help lessen your symptoms and how long they last. These genital herpes treatments can be taken in 2 ways:

     

    As each outbreak occurs. This is called episodic treatment. Continuous daily treatment. This is called suppressive treatment.

     

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends suppressive genital herpes treatment for people with 6 or more outbreaks per year. And statistics show that 7 out of 10 people have less than 6 outbreaks per year. If you're one of these people, or if you don't want to take an antiviral medication every day, episodic treatment may be right for you.

     

    Only Single-Day FAMVIR has been proven to stop or shorten a recurrent genital herpes outbreak with just a single day of treatment. Take at the first sign or symptom. FAMVIR can also be used suppressively to treat genital herpes. Speak to your doctor about which method of genital herpes treatment is most appropriate for you. *Zovirax® and Valtrex® are registered trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline.

     

    Other things that can help when you are suffering from herpes.

    Take pain-killers (aspirin/paracetamol) if you have any pain.

    Gently bathing the sore areas with a salt solution (half a teaspoon of salt to half a pint of warm water) twice a day may help: it is soothing and helps the sores to dry out.

    Wear loose clothing so that the air can get to the sore areas.

    Place an ice-pack wrapped in a clean cloth or towel on the affected area.

    If passing urine is painful, try urinating in a bath of water.

    Or try pouring water over yourself as you pass water.

    Drink plenty of fluids, such as mineral water and soft drinks, to help neutralise the urine, It is important not to hold back from passing urine as this can cause further problems.

    Avoid sunbathing and using sunbeds.

    Get plenty of rest.

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