Genital herpes in women can be spread without the person knowing she is spreading the STD around. In some cases, herpes does not show symptoms and the person who has it may not take precautions to guard against spreading the disease. To be on the safe side, it might be a good idea to get routine testing for STDs and use protection to prevent the spread of genital herpes.
The outbreaks of a genital herpes outbreak can be controlled in severity and length through medications like Valtrex. However, currently, the virus cannot be cured. If you contract herpes, you have it forever. Medication can help it to remain in a dormant state. But, if you become sick or stressed, an outbreak can be triggered. Four times as many women as men currently are afflicted with genital herpes.
Outbreaks can be characterized by pain, a burning sensation when urinating, swelling, itching, and a discharge from the vagina or surrounding area. Some women say they also feel like they have the flu. Symptoms are not always evident but if they are, the first outbreak happens 10 days after being infected.
When flare-ups are physically evident you can find blisters in the groin area which can spread down to the buttocks and legs. These blisters are painful and uncomfortable. When blisters are visible the disease becomes very contagious. If there is sexual contact, the other party will likely be infected if protection is not used.
Having this disease should not make you feel embarrassed. Contracting this disease simply means that you caught the STD through someone else who did not know they were infected or was careless enough not to use protection during an outbreak. Since it can not be cured, once you have it, you can never get rid of it. The latest medications can help you control it.
If you suspect that you may have been infected it would be advisable to get tested immediately and to refrain from unprotected sex till you get the results. If tests confirm that you have it, you should get treatment right away and use protection at all times. Visit a nearby STD testing center if you are embarrassed to visit your personal doctor.
STD testing can detect genital herpes in women with an easy lab test. Find a std testing center conveniently located near you.
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