Sexually transmitted infection spread fast, especially between sexually active men and women aged 20-30. One of the most infectious STI's in the UK is genital herpes, a volatile skin condition that can be passed on during oral, anal and vaginal sex. Contracting this infection can significantly deteriorate your sexual health as the herpes simplex virus, which causes genital herpes remains active within the body for the rest of your life. This is a scary fact although if you do catch this STI it doesn't mean your sex life is over. The condition can be treated as soon as an outbreak occurs and suppressed in the long-term to an almost dormant state. Using effective and fast-working genital herpes treatments, you can continue to enjoy a healthy sex life for years to come.
People who experience visible genital herpes symptoms may feel generally unwell with a mild fever, and aches and pains. Clusters of watery blisters are prone to develop around your genitals and groin area, erupting over 1-2 weeks. There is a strong chance that the blisters may burst and turn to shallow, sore ulcers. It is also common to experience pain when you pass urine.
Reoccurring episodes of this condition affect some people from time to time. Recurrences tend to be less severe and not last as long as first time outbreaks. You stand more chance of suffering symptoms for 7-10 days with a recurrence, whereas first episodes of genital herpes last for 10-20 days. A tingling or itch in your genital area for 12-24 hours may indicate a recurrence is starting. The time period between recurrences is variable.
This infectious skin condition is one of the most prevalent STIs in young men and women in the UK to date, along with chlamydia and gonorrhea. Symptoms can appear mild, moderate or severe, which sometimes makes the condition hard to spot. It's estimated that 80% of men in the UK are unaware that are infected with the herpes simplex virus. This sexually transmitted infection is usually passed on by skin to skin contact with someone who is already infected with the virus. Areas of the body most susceptible to infection are moist skin that lines the mouth, genitals and anus. Because of this, the condition passes easily between sexual partners during vaginal, anal or oral intercourse.
It's harder to catch the infection through close genital contact with an infected person or general physical contact, but it does still happen and you may still require genital herpes treatment to recover. If you have a cold sores around your mouth you may pass on the herpes simplex virus by having oral sex. Herpes simplex virus can also infect the body through a cut or break in the ordinary skin on the fingers, hands and knees if you are in contact with another person's infected area. It is reasonably unlikely that you will reinfect yourself with your own virus through accidental contact, or that you can catch the condition once again from your partner if the infection was originally passed on to them by you.