The basic information you need to knowHerpes Simplex (or just Herpes) is a viral skin condition that manifests in the shape of sores or lesions on the face, fingers or genital area, but it sometimes occurs in other parts of the body such as the buttocks or the thighs. Herpes is not transmitted through blood, but only through direct skin contact. Herpes is a very elusive virus because sometimes it does not show any symptoms, but still gets transmitted from one person to another; most people infected with herpes do not even know it at all! And so no care it taken during sex and so it keeps on spreading silently until a person is shocked to find they have it! Oral Herpes can be transmitted to the genitals via oral sex. In general, if there are no visible symptoms then there is little risk of infection, but occasionally the virus does shed from the skin even without any visible sores.
There are 2 known types of Herpes virus; Herpes Simplextype 1 and Herpes Simplextype 2, called HSV 1 and 2 for short. HSV 1 is the more prevalent of the two, infecting a much larger percentage of the sexually active population. Herpes can present a risky situation during pregnancy, as there is a possibility it can be transmitted to the child. There are many medications on the market that somewhat mitigate its symptoms, but Herpes has not real cure in the medical world.
Living with Herpes has its drawbacks and occasional annoying symptoms, but the medical side is not Herpes’s worst drawback, but the emotional impact of knowing you have Herpes and have to live with it for the rest of your life!