Vaginal herpies (correctly: Herpes) is one of the common Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD).
Herpes are transmitted during any sexual activities such as kissing. Even the use of condom is not a sure prevention against it.
Once the herpes virus enters through vaginal or oral lining it stays in the host's body forever. About 60-70% of the population carries this virus many without ever knowing about it.
There are two types: HSV-1 and HSV-2. The first (Herpes Simplex Virus-1), tends to form mostly around the mouth; the other appears on genitals or around anus area.
There is no such a thing as a 'safe sex window'. Herpes virus can be contracted even while using a condom. Same is valid before or after an outbreak.
The only sure prevention is having sex with the same partner who does not have HSV; or not having sex at all.
Outbreak of the virus is irregular.
It may happen a person with HSV will never know he/she is contaminated. At the beginning the outbreaks are more frequent and more painful. But it also may happen a woman will experience only slight itching or discomfort.
Outbreaks can be spaced several weeks, months or sometimes few years apart.
Our immune system and the lifestyle are greatly responsible for the frequency of vaginal herpies outbreaks.
The infection is contagious mainly from the time of itching (outbreak) to complete healing. This takes about 2 to 4 weeks.
However, the infection can take place, as mentioned before, at any point of time, even when there is no visible outbreak.
There is no known cure to treat herpes permanently. However, there are certain medications available during the outbreaks. Topical creams are less effective than oral pills.
Most common oral medications are Valtrex, Acyclovir, Famvir and other, depending on your location.
During the outbreak make sure you wash your hands often and keep yourself clean. It is possible to spread the ulcers all across your body. In addition avoid touching your genitals and other parts of your body afterwards such as eyes or mouth.
Keep your clothing and bedding clean not to spread the disease onto your partner.
If you are pregnant follow the advice of your doctor. You may have baby the regular way unless you have an HSV outbreak during delivery.
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