What You Need to Know About Genital Herpes

What You Need to Know About Genital Herpes

>>Dr. Robyn Neblett
Fanfair: Hello, I am Dr. Robyn Neblett Fanfair,
Medical Officer in the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Did you know that roughly 1 out
of 6 people between the ages of 14 to 49 years
has genital herpes? Knowing the facts about herpes
can you help make informed decisions about your health. Genital herpes is a sexually
transmitted disease or STD. People get genital herpes
by having vaginal, anal, or oral sexual contact with
someone who has the disease. You cannot get genital
herpes from sharing a drink or from a toilet seat. The symptoms of this STD
can be very mild to painful. In some cases, a person can be
infected with genital herpes and not even have
symptoms because of this, most people are not
aware of their infection. In other cases, a person may
have 1 or more blisters on or around the genitals,
rectum or mouth. The blisters break
and leave sores that can take weeks to heal. There is no treatment
that can cure herpes. However, antiviral
medications can prevent or shorten outbreaks. People with herpes should not
have sex during an outbreak. Condoms can provide
some protection against genital herpes. However, herpes outbreaks
can occur in areas not covered
by a condom. You can find more information
about herpes and other STDs by visiting www.cdc.gov/STD.

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  1. When genital herpes symptoms occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth.

  2. Yes, oral herpes can be spread through kissing. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) causes infections of the mouth and lips, often called fever blisters or cold sores. A person with a cold sore from HSV-1 can pass the virus to someone else by kissing. Herpes can be released from sores that the virus causes. But, it is also released between outbreaks from skin that doesn’t appear to have a sore.

  3. my girlfriend just told me that she has genital herpes, I really love her and want to spend all my life with her. I know sex is not important in a relationship, but there's gonna be a moment when I won't stand it. is there a way of having sex with a female with herpes in a real safe way?

  4. Yes, herpes sores can occur anywhere on the body in association with genital herpes. Although uncommon, it is possible to have herpes sores on the stomach.

  5. I have a question, I have a friend who might have oral herpes we were talking and he accidentally spit a glob of spit which landed on my lip, my lip has an open cut could i possibly catch this virus or any other std

  6. Yes, it has been shown that the use of once-daily valacyclovir by persons with genital HSV-2 infections can reduce their risk of spreading the infection to their uninfected partners by roughly 50%–regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

  7. I get blisters on my butt cheek, when I dry off after shower will my towel have the virus on it, and can it infect someone. If so what about toilet seat during an out break?

  8. Hiyaaaa! Have you considered – Heffernan Elite Herpes Blaster (should be on google have a look)? Ive heard some super things about it and my m8 after many years said ta ta to the embarassing herpes issue with it.

  9. NEW FLASH CDC IS NOT COMPLETELY INFORMED !!!!  YOU can be infected by someone who is a drug addicted they transfer, baggies in their month and repeat contact with that person who carries the HV2 you can get the virus!!!!!! I know this first hand my husband, got it did not know he was a carrier of the Virus. I got it no one knew what I had and for two years, my out break was so bad I now suffer from very bad side effects and am on anti-viral meds everyday, CDC if you need to know more contact me.     Time to up date 

  10. You can also get them in your throat, ear, up your nose, and they may not always present as a blister , they may be a sore that bleeds, and burns, they can show up on any part of your body, I have been tested by the STD Clinic in Seattle, and I have a very bad case, cause Doctors are not up to date on the Virus, changing appearance.   

  11. Wait a second.. you said herpes can spread with or without a condom but you said it can only be spread during sexual intercourse, that would mean by mere contact with a person who has herpes would make you infected, nice wordplay.

  12. Who doesn't really know this? To think that is is what the government wastes our money on! There is most likely already a cure in the form of gene therapy and blocking the viruses microRNA but there's no money in the cure

  13. I'm a virgin, never kissed anyone or anything but I looked up what herpes looks like and it looks like what I have. My grandma told me its just a yeast infection, but I am a teenager with really bad anxiety and no one has checked it so it keeps me up at night

  14. Nice video, very educating and assuring.

    I was once a victim of this virus. Miraculously,I survived. I come from Chicago. Before I asked my girlfriend out late last year, she already told me she was battling with herpes virus. So the decision to get involved with her was mine. But nevertheless, I can't let the virus decide our future. So I was determined to get rid of the virus.

    I suffered from this deadly virus for over 8 months. The lesions were on my lips and later extended to my back. I tried all sorts of meds but to no avail. We spent so much money on meds. To cut long story short, I decided to try out herbal home remedies. Then I went online and I was on one herbal blog, I saw many comments,but after reading about how one herbal Dr. Ugo cured a lady from HSV 2, I had to write the doctor. I contacted the doctor through his email and he assured me that I will be healthy again. He prepared some traditional meds and sent them to me, after asking me some questions. I used all the meds he sent, just as he directed. Though while I was like on the second bottle, I was not experiencing any symptom as the lesion on my back and lips dried up. I continued the dosage and kept in touch with the doctor.After about six weeks,i consumed the whole bottles. I went for test and to my greatest surprise, the result was negative. I was saved the very moment I thought all hope was lost. You too can be healthy again. You should talk to Dr.Ugo through his direct e mail address: [email protected]

    You can also write him on What'App +234-810-499-0619

  15. Couple of years ago, I began to experience a brutal and painful lesion on my thigh. I tried treating it with cold and hot compresses but nothing worked. The pain intensified like a burning sensation and became unbearable. Finally I paid a visit to the doctor and learned that I had the shingles. I took the prescribed medication and the infection cleared up within days. I learned that shingles is a form of herpes and that because I’d had chicken pox as a child, the infection had been dormant for all of those years. (Also, I did not know that had I’d been vaccinated for shingles, I could have avoided it.) I cannot imagine acquiring genital herpes and those painful breakouts for life, with no cure. I recently met a woman who confided in me that she has genital herpes. She wants to have a relationship but I need intimacy with a woman. How in the world am I going to have sex with her?

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