Genital Herpes have a stigmatization effect on infected person. The fact that it is not curable should not at any way limit any person to a healthy relationship with his or her partner. Understanding the nature of Herpes is the first step people living with Herpes or a person dating someone with Herpes , of having a healthy relationship.
How is Herpes transmitted?
Herpes is commonly transmitted sexually which exposes a partner to Herpes fluids. However, one can get Herpes through giving or receiving oral sex, kissing and in some scenarios, passed from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or the physical contact between mother and child; and other nonsexual contacts like a simple kisses from friends and family.
How can one (s)he or the partner is infected?
Herpes have mild symptoms and most of the time carriers unconsciously mistaken it for common skin problems. However, during outbreaks, they tend to grow into blisters around the genitals, the mouth or the anus. These blisters are seasonal and will go away after a few day and reappear later on. For this reason, partners are advised to do a STDs screening before engaging in sexual intercourse with anyone and if one is conscious about his status, he or she should let the other partner know about it.
How is Herpes treated?
Herpes is incurable, however vaccines are under clinical trials. Antiviral drugs can be used to reduce the symptoms during outbreaks. One can also undergo daily suppressive therapy to reduce the chances of infecting a partner.
Is it possible to date someone with Herpes?
Yes it is. Herpes acts like common cold, it is seasonal with symptoms. However one is advised to used protection such as condoms and daily antiviral drugs to reduce the chances of infecting the partner. Bear in mind that Herpes is not only transmitted during intercourse but through other sexual activities. During recurrence, sexual partners are advised to avoid sexual contact as at this time, Herpes are highly infectious.
Can I have a baby when infected with Herpes?
Yes you can. However one is advised to avoid sexual contact after the third trimester to avoid neonatal Herpes. She also is advised to undergo cesarean delivery to reduce the risks of infecting the child. Mothers are also offered drugs that suppress and reduce the recurrence of the outbreaks in their late pregnancy stages. Should one remain single after being diagnosed with hsv? Hsv singles undergo trauma and most people do not want to associate with them sexually. However, one should not infect a partner knowingly. Communication and trust building is essential when one wants to build arelationship with someone living with Herpes. Make it a mutual understanding between the two partners so as to engage in a healthy relationship without risking one another.
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