Has your partner been tested for herpes? They probably don’t know they’ve got it1
By Victor Ochieng
Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that has spread to become common over the years. Because of the subtle nature of the virus in many victims, a number of people live with it without knowing. The sad reality is that even when it isn’t symptomatic, it can still be spread to others.
There are two types of viruses that cause genital herpes. These are herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2).
United States Statistics
Statistics show that approximately one out of every five people in the US has the disease, translating to more than 50 million people. The worst part is that 85% of these people are unaware of their condition. With such figures, genital herpes passes as the most common of the STDs. It’s also estimated that up to 776,000 Americans catch the virus every year.
This disease has only been understood within the last century. However, historical information shows that herpes has been around for several thousand years. The disease was first publicly discussed in 460 to 370 BCE by Hippocrates. The name herpes came from the Greek word “herpein,” which means to crawl. This was drawn from the way herpes lesions spread around the areas where it shows up. Details of herpes were later reported in Roman times. Besides that, there are several other accounts of herpes that have been mentioned in history.
How Herpes Is Transmitted
There are several ways through which someone can catch the herpes virus. Someone free from the disease can catch it through direct contact with genital or oral secretions, lesions, and several other secretions emanating from someone already infected.
The biggest challenge when it comes to the herpes simplex is that most victims don’t show any symptoms. There are, however, victims who show either mild or more serious symptoms. Symptoms that may appear are either a single or multiple sores on or around the mouth, back passage or genitals. After some time, these sores break, as is the case of blisters, leaving painful wounds.
No Known Cure: The reason why the disease has been difficult to control is because it has no known cure. Symptomatic cases can however be controlled by prescribing antiviral drugs only to contain the symptoms.
The best way to avoid getting into the circle is to avoid contact with secretions that may transmit the disease. When it comes to sexual intercourse, therefore, it’s important to use quality condoms. For someone getting into a long term relationship, it’s important to maintain a monogamous relationship with a sexual partner who has tested negative for the virus.
So, the question for today is: Has your partner been tested and have you had a chance to see the results?