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Genital Herpes

What is Genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a common form of sexually transmitted infection among the European nations, especially in the UK. The chance of being infected by this disease is almost the same in both men and women but the frequency of this infection is more common among sexually active young males and females in the age group of 17 to 28 years. From 1970 onwards in the UK instances of genital herpes infection have trebled. The statistical reports of 2009 have clearly suggested that more than 30,000 new cases of genital herpes were diagnosed in the GUM clinics. Though the number of infected women is higher than their male counterparts, it cannot be said with conviction that sexually active women are under greater risk to suffer from this infection than males. Caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV both type 1 and 2), genital herpes infection may not cause life threatening complications but it may lead to painful physical conditions. Gems of this infection are highly contagious in nature and in most cases (more than 60%) they are transferred to the physical system of a non-infected partner through a single unprotected sexual contact.

What are the symptoms?

In 80% of cases people fail to know that are infected by the herpes virus as there are no symptoms; even if the symptoms are present, they are generally mind in nature, such as slight itching or reddening of the skin, and are often ignored. In such cases, the herpes virus remains dormant for several days. However, the initial symptom of genital herpes infection are mind pain, muscle ache and fever. Soon small, blister-like and painful outgrowths may appear both and around your genitals and anus. Within the next two weeks they will burst and become ulcers. The glands in both male and female groin may swell and appear as painful lumps, especially when an infected person urinates or gets sexually intimate with his or her partner. The most problematic thing about genital herpes infection is that once a person is infected there no way that he/she can get rid of the strains of the virus completely; consequently, the chances of recurrence always remain.

What causes it?

Unprotected sexual intimacy that includes vaginal intercourse, oral sex, anal intercourse and sharing same sex toys by homosexual partners, is the most important reason that helps this infection to spread. In some cases using the same towel or taking bath in the same water with an infected person may also transfer the germs into the body of a non-infected person. Sexual intimacy with a person whose herpes blisters are at the developing stage or drying up exposes a partner to the highest risk of being infected.

What complications can it lead to?

Genital herpes infection doesn’t cause life threatening physical complications but they definitely lead to painful symptoms that will hamper your sex life. However, in certain cases this infection may cause pregnancy related problems, infertility and dysfunction of the sexual organs. Inflammation of the urinary tracts can also be caused by genital herpes infection. Women, in a limited number of cases, may face the problem of unexplained vaginal discharge.

Can you buy these genital herpes treatments online?

The correct administration of different antiviral medications, according to the physical condition of infected persons, is considered to be the most convenient way to treat genital herpes. The most popular medications for genital herpes treatment are Famvir, Valtrex and Aciclovir. You may choose to buy these medications from leading online pharmacies of the UK and Europe. You need to take a short and free online consultation with the medical team of your preferred source. It will be helpful for you to determine the frequency and dosage strength of the medication you need to take.