As reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every six people in the United States aged 14-49 suffers from genital herpes. Caused by two types of viruses – herpes simplex type I and herpes simplex type II. While there are medicines that can treat herpes and prevent outbreaks, there is no cure for the condition.
The Risks of Genital Herpes & How Herpes Is Transmitted
Herpes is extremely contagious. Further, a person can transmit herpes to another even if the person does not show any signs of herpes. In fact, many people who have herpes never show any symptoms, often passing it along to others unwittingly. Herpes is spread by having vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Herpes can be transmitted from one part of the body – or from one person to another – via non-sexual touch as well (i.e. if genital herpes sores are touch and then another part of the body is touched). A pregnant mother can also pass herpes to her child, resulting in a condition known as neonatal herpes.
Genital herpes can be a painful condition, resulting in genital sores. For those who have genital herpes sores, the risk of getting HIV from a partner who is HIV-positive is greater. Herpes can also be dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children, as the condition may increase the risk of a miscarriage or put the child at risk of contracting neonatal herpes.
Given the prevalence of herpes and the often ignorant-innocence or otherwise innocuous transmission, it stands as perhaps the STD with the most compelling reasoning for you to get screened for herpes, maintain your screenings and only engage in sexual activity with partners who have been screened. The exact environment the SeroMatch program has established for sexually active adults.
Signs & Symptoms of Genital Herpes
As mentioned above, many people will have no symptoms of herpes. As listed by the Mayo Clinic, common signs of herpes include:
- Pain and itchiness that occurs between two and 10 days following sex with an infected partner
- Ulcers caused by bleeding blisters
- Pain while urinating
- Tenderness in genital area
- Red bumps or tiny blisters
Herpes outbreaks are often overlooked or brushed off as jock itch or razor burn, so, similar to our recommendation for all STDs, it is important that you avoid self-diagnosis and learn your status today with SeroMatch’s discreet and reliable Web-based herpes screening.
Treating & Preventing Herpes
There is no cure for herpes. However, living with herpes and maintaining a healthy sex life is possible. There are prescription medications that can be taken to prevent or treat outbreaks, help sores to heal, and minimize your chances of transmitting herpes. Complete prevention of herpes transmission is not possible, so your best bet to remain herpes-free or not transmit the virus to future partners is to become a member of the SeroMatch community.
A bit of popular misinformation is that herpes transmission can be prevented by using a condom. While a condom may classify as a “preventative measure” it is not your ticket to a clean bill of health and should not be relied upon to prevent the transmission of herpes. There is an entire rulebook on preventive measures for the transmission of herpes, but the only game plan you should bet your health on is matching up with partners based on status in the SeroMatch community.
Get Tested Today
If you have any of the signs or symptoms of herpes, or if you are sexually active with more than one partner, getting tested for any sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is important. At SeroMatch, we not only provide discreet and reliable Web-based herpes testing, but we also offer an active community of sexually active individuals who have shown an interest in protecting their health and the health of others.
This way, you know exactly what you’re getting into before things get physical. Learn more about our prices and packaging today and join the legion of responsible adults on the mission of eradication of STDs.