STD Awareness Week- DAY 4: Herpes

Posted: July 28, 2011 in STD Awareness Week
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The sexually transmitted disease genital herpes comes in two types, type 1 and type 2.  Usually there are very few symptoms.  When signs appear it can sometimes be a small blister that leave behind ulcers.  A few weeks later, the ulcers disappear.  Outbreaks occur within weeks or months and gradually decrease over time.  One out of six people between the ages of 14 to 49 are infected with genital herpes type 2.  The infection is more common in women than men.  Herpes can be spread even when an outbreak is not visible.  Herpes type 1, also known as fever blisters,  can cause genital herpes.  Currently, there is no cure for herpes but treatment can help prevent outbreaks and reduce the likely hood of transmitting the disease to a partner.  If left untreated, herpes can cause mental problems.

If you currently do not know your status, please make an appointment.  There are many free clinics.  Call you local health department.  I know it may to scary but it’s best to know so that we can slow down the infection rates.

 

On a side note: You can still get the disease even while wearing a condom!  Abstinence is the safest way to protect yourself.  Please visit: http://www.cdc.gov for more information.

 

 

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