Herpes Simplex 2 - The Facts
What is herpes simplex 2?
Herpes simplex 2 is the virus that causes genital herpes. It
is also know as HSV 2, or herpes type 2. These names all refer
to the same virus.
Thousands of people are diagnosed with herpes simplex 2 each
year and there is no cure. That means the number of infected people
HSV 1 can cause little or even no symptoms at all. Herpes is
most often spread in this way when people do not notice an outbreak.
When symptoms are present, they consist of:
- Vaginal sores
- Sores on the penis
- Sores on the anal and or/perineal area
- Sores on thighs
- Sores on buttocks
There can even be sores or lesions of the urinary tract and the
cervix although these would not be visible to the infected person.
You may also experience pain and itching of the area and discharge
from the sores and blisters.
You could also have a fever along with an outbreak and other
flu-like symptoms such as headache and muscle aches.
Cure for genital herpes and HSV 2
There is no known cure for herpes type 2 and you can spread it
to others through sexual contact. You should avoid sexual contact
during an outbreak and always wash your hands if you have touched
the infected area.
You can spread the herpes virus to other parts of your body if
you have an open sore.
You can live comfortably with herpes simplex 2. In fact, many
people are able to control their outbreaks and go for years without
a recurrence. There are many medications to help if you have HSV
It is also possible to spread herpes type 2 to the mouth through
oral sex or herpes type 1 to the genitals through oral contact.
This is not as common but is still possible.