1. How is the life with herpes?
After making this discovery, you will be put between tight walls. You might start feeling gross, insecure, dirty, you might think that no one will love you if you tell them about your condition; you may also be depressed, with no self-confidence and lonely. But actually the living with herpes can be pretty normal if you are familiar enough with the infection, the way of its transmission, symptoms and how you can take care of yourself. You just need to know what the right thing to do is and how you can make your life better.
2. What is herpes?
Herpes is a contagious infection caused by herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) and herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). HSV-1 is also called “oral” herpes and HSV-2 is a genital herpes.
3. How is transmitted?
The herpes can be transmitted through sexual contact, kissing and touching. It doesn’t have to be of a sexual nature it can be transmitted also from a mother to a child through the skin. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to the child during the giving birth, if it’s natural, so after the transmission the person will be living with herpes for the rest of the life.
When you get diagnosed with herpes, you should stop having sexual contact immediately. Also, if you have the HSV-1 then you will have to be careful with the touching. The symptoms that follow this infection are: itching, burning, and tingling around the mouth or the genitals. Stop with the sexual contact, even with a condom, because if the sore is not healed completely it can be transmitted to the other person where the condom doesn’t cover. Living with herpes will make you ask yourself “How will I know that I have herpes?” or “How will I live after that?” Living with herpes can be extremely difficult and you’ll get tormented by your thoughts all the time.
The sores appear around or inside the mouth and are called “cold sores” or “fever blisters”, and then the person will know that has herpes. The genital one doesn’t give any symptoms and can go unnoticed, or even not recognize them.
5. What is the difference between cold sores and genital herpes?
The difference between the cold sores and the genital herpes is that both types can be equally transmitted to other parts of the body. The herpes can be on the eyes too. It lives, remains and produces symptoms occasionally. When the symptoms are gone for a while and show up again it is called recurrence or outbreak. Recurrence happens at people with weak immune system and the time of the infection is different every time it shows. It is different at every person, some people have it more often, while others rarely. Early warnings like itching, burning and tingling may appear before the actual herpes appears
6. How is the testing for herpes?
Can someone be tested when is not on an outbreak? A physical exam and tests should be performed before diagnose. Blood test can tell if you have genital or oral herpes. Taking fluids from the sores gives a confirmation that the herpes exists and you need to check a doctor immediately.
7. Does the herpes have a cure?
Once you get the herpes, you will have it forever, with outbreaks; you will be living with herpes and dealing with it. In most of the cases the outbreaks come fewer, weaker and with less pain as the years pass by. You can still take some medications to manage the herpes, but still there is no cure. Avoid touching the sores and wash your hands as much as you can with water and soap. Also for the genital herpes you need to avoid sexual contact to prevent infection. Resting, sleeping and eating healthy can help you to live with fewer recurrences.
Although you might think that this is the end of your beautiful life and now you will be marked with this gross virus, but you can live healthy and happy if you know how.