||[Mar. 24th, 2006|08:05 pm]
Indiana Youth Counsel
Signs and Symptoms|
Symptoms show up 2 - 30 days after having sex. Some people have no symptoms. You may experience flu-like symptoms, itching and/or burning, and notice small, painful blisters on the sex organs or mouth. They last 1 - 3 weeks. The blisters go away, but that doesn't mean that the herpes is gone. Blisters may come back.
Ways To Contract
Herpes is spread during sexual intercourse, anal and oral sex with someone who has herpes, or a mother with herpes can transmit it to her baby during childbirth.
One in four adults have herpes. There are approximately one million new cases of herpes each year. More women than men have herpes. Approximately thirty million Americans have the herpes virus. There are about 500,000 new cases each year in America. Approximately 80% of persons having a first episode caused by HSV-2 will have at least one recurrence, while only 50% of persons with HSV-1 will experience a recurrence. About 50 percent to 80 percent of the adult population in the United States has oral herpes. Twenty percent to 25 percent of pregnant women have genital herpes. In women, the cervix is infected in about 80% to 90% of initial infections, and vaginal discharge may occur. Some people may experience several outbreaks during a year, while others have only 1 or 2 outbreaks during their lifetime. The average number of outbreaks is 4 to 5 a year. Genital herpes is the most prevalent viral sexually transmitted disease. There are more cases of genital herpes than there are all the other viral STDs combined. Studies have shown that the vast majority (80-90%) of people who have genital herpes have not been diagnosed with the condition.
(information taken from herpesclinic.com)
Genital herpes cannot be cured, but there are genital herpes treatment options available.