Laura Quinteros-Urzagaste Sociology 21 – Raskoff 12/11/2011
Herpex simplex is a viral disease caused by both Herpex simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). Infection categorized into: oral herpes and genital herpes Oral herpes is most common and affects mouth and face (cold sores). Genital herpes is the 2nd most common and is the stronger of the two. Characterized by cycles of painful blisters that contain the infectious virus followed by a remission period.
Herpes Viral Strains Over 26 % of the population hasherpes; while 5% of them do not know it yet.
Herpex simplex is most easily transmitted through direct contact with a lesion or bodily fluid of an infected person. Genital herpes can be spread even during the remission period because the virus can shed through the skin. Skin to skin contact during asymptomatic periods can transmit the disease. Best prevention method – barrier method.
Herpes on the RiseHerpes physician visits experienced a noticeable increase between 1960’s and 1990’s.
The disease is characterized by the ongoing cycle of painful blisters that last for 1-4 weeks and go away by themselves. Sometimes, during an outbreak, an infected person may experience flu-like symptoms. Patients may also experience headaches, chills, swollen glands and feeling achy all over. Painful urination and pain in the genitalia
There is no cure for herpes; after initial infection, the virus resides in the body and often goes into a period of inactivity. No cause found for reoccurrence (outbreaks), except for certain drugs or diseases that affect the immune system. People can take medication to make the outbreaks short or daily medication to prevent outbreaks. Vaccines are undergoing trials.
•Planned parenthood website •www.herpes-pictures.org•CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) website •Online encyclopedia (www.wikipedia.org)