Do you even know how to tell if your partner has herpes? Today more and more people are affected by herpes without them knowing it. Statistically 1 out 5 people worldwide has herpes type II.
There are actually two types of herpes: Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV I) is also known as the oral herpes and commonly affects children, and Herpes Simplex Virus II (HSV II) or otherwise known as genital herpes that affects adults, which is also classified as a sexually transmitted disease.
HSV II spreads through the body fluids like the saliva, semen or vaginal fluid, and since this is a viral infection, it is self-limiting and has no cure.
This means only your immune system can fight and kill the virus.
For people with weak immune system, painful sores and blisters can be found within 2 to 10 days after being infected by the virus, but, with people with stronger immune system, they may not present any symptoms at all.
This does not mean however, they are safe because the virus can remain dormant in their body, therefore; they can infect you without you knowing it. The only way you can suspect if your partner has it is, if you are aware that they have other sexual partners.
Some people may think HSV type II is not a serious disease, this is a wrong mindset, because HSV II can be as serious as any viral disease when they are left untreated and begin to spread in other areas like the eyes, ears and even the brain and spine.
So what can you do to protect yourself? The future trend for herpes is the new vaccine being developed by BioVex in Massachusetts. This new vaccine, unlike the first one that failed will modify and delete 5 of the genes from the virus of HSV II.
If this becomes successful in stimulating HSV II antibodies without compromising the host’s immune system, it will be the best protection for herpes ever.
Clinical trials in London will now be made by BioVex and if a success it is expected to be out sooner than you think. But, until then the traditional method of protection will be best for you like:
- Practicing monogamous sexual relationships
- Strengthening your immune system by having enough rest and sleep, healthy diet, exercise and avoiding too much stress
- Practicing safe sex
Once affected, prevent spread of the virus through:
- Wearing loose clothing to prevent further irritation of the sores
- Always performing hand washing when in contact with the sores and blisters
- Drinking lots of water
- Having a healthy lifestyle
- Avoiding touching the affected areas
- Taking analgesics for pain
- Avoiding over exposure to sunlight
- Applying warm compress to affected area to soothe discomfort
- Avoiding kissing and sexual contact when outbreaks are visible
- Taking antiviral drugs like: Valtrex, Abrevia, Blistex Valaclovir, Acyclovir Famcyclovir or Zovirax, these drugs are not meant to cure, but to prevent reproduction of the virus.