herpes-simplex-type-2-hsv-2-an-overview

HSV 2

Herpes Simplex Type 2, otherwise known as HSV-2 or Genital Herpes, most commonly causes sores, blisters, and other similar ailments around the rectum and genitals in both males and females. Herpes is a sexual transmitted disease that is viral in nature. If contracted, HSV-2 will cause the sores and blisters to appear on the victim within a week of infection. To date, herpes simplex type 2 is largely asymptomatic in many of the individuals who are infected with the virus. This is a large reason as to why this particular STD is so widespread.

Causes of Genital Herpes

HSV-2 is most commonly caused by sexual contact with someone who already has the virus. It is possible for the virus to be contracted or passed to your partner even when sores or blisters are not visible on the infected person. Although rare, it is possible to transfer herpes to your child during childbirth. Once infected, the herpes simplex type 2 virus will remain in the body for life.

Once infected, outbreaks can be caused by the following:

  • Menstruation
  • Excessive Sexual Activity
  • Stress
  • Exhaustion
  • Other Illness

Symptoms of HSV 2

During an outbreak of herpes, the infected person will experience the formation of blisters on or around the genitals and rectum area. Males will experience these blisters on the tip and shaft of the penis, scrotum, inner thighs, buttocks, and anus. Females will see the blisters appear on the vaginal area, buttocks, or anus. These blisters will form both in clusters and in singular units. After a day or two, the blisters will rupture and leave behind a sore. The sores will be fully healed within 2 to 3 weeks.

Treatment of Herpes Simplex Type 2

As stated previously, the herpes virus is one that infects the body for life. This particular STD cannot be removed from the body.  There are, however, several treatments that can be used to reduce the severity of outbreaks and speed up the healing period. Such treatments are available in oral, intravenous, and topical varieties. The most popular treatments are acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir.

Acyclovir is an antiviral treatment that reduces pain and the number of blisters and sores that are present during the initial outbreak. It is able to lower the frequency of outbreaks in the infected individual. It is available orally, topically, or intravenously.

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