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HIV & Herpes

Herpes is a common communicable infection spread through sex. It is caused either by herpes simplex virus-1, also known as oral herpes that is primary responsible to cause cold sores and blisters fever around the mouth and on the face or herpes simplex virus-2 which is responsible for genital herpes outbreak. Herpes can emerge in any part of the body, most common seen on the mouth or genitals.

Herpes simplex virus can be passed from person to person by direct contact. Children will contact HSV-1 from early contact with an infected individual and they carry this virus with them self for the rest of their life. HSV-1 infection can occur from general interactions like eating from same utensils, kissing or sharing same lip balm. Infection will spread more quickly when the infected person faces an outbreak. Individual can also get genital herpes if they have cold sores and performed intimacy session at that time while HSV-2 is caused through sexual contact with person who is already affected with HSV-2. It is estimated that 20 percentages of sexually active people within the United State are affected with HVS-2.

Anyone can be affected with herpes, regardless of age. But people are more at risk when they perform sexual activities without using contraceptives such as condoms. Other risk factors include multiple sex partners, having sexually transmitted infection, being female, weak immune system etc.

Some of the common symptoms of this disorder are itching, pain at the time of urination, blister sores, fever, swollen lymph nodes, tiredness, headache, lack of appetite, eye pain etc.

There is no cure for this dire disorder, but one can take some precautions methods to avoid becoming infected and to prevent spreading it to another person. Effective medications are available such as Aldara, Ziagen, Zerit, Videx, Valtrex, Sustiva, Retrovir, Viramune, Viracept, Lami-Stav tablets, Famvir, Epivir, Combivir and Zovirax that are very much helpful to get rid of sores and helps to lower the frequency and intensity of breakouts. 

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