Erin De La Cruz
• “Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted
diseases (STDs) in the world. Although it’s not fatal, it has no cure
and it can be very difficult to detect. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 45 million
Americans over the age of twelve—that’s one out of every five teens
and adults in the United States—currently suffer from the infection.
And that number may be much higher since many people don’t even
realize they are infected.” (Saulmon )
• Genital Herpes cause painful blisters in the genital
area. There could also be swollen glands in the
groin, fever, and other flulike symptoms. The blisters
may make urination extremely painful. (scott)
How do you get it?
Genital Herpes can be
conducting anal, oral,
or vaginal sex.
How to prevent it.
• DON‘T have sex.
• Use a Condom.
How to treat it.
• “The good news is that genital herpes isn’t fatal. And it doesn’t automatically get
worse over time. The bad news is that genital herpes can’t be cured. Once you’re
infected, you have the disease for the rest of your life. The virus lives in your body’s
nerve endings. This is a place where the immune system is unable to detect and fight
the virus. Every once in a while, the virus is reactivated—it “wakes up,” travels
through the nerve pathways in your body, and causes an outbreak. That may be how
herpes got its name. The word “herpes” is Greek for “to creep.” (Saulmon )
• “Once the blisters have dried up or crusted over, they are much less contagious.
Some people with herpes shed low levels of the virus even when they have no
blisters. They may not even know they have the infection.”(scott)
• “No treatment eliminates the virus from the body, but antiviral drugs will help shorten
the length and severity of an outbreak. Continuous antiviral treatment will suppress
the virus and prevent recurrences in most cases. Effective antiviral medications are
available by prescription. Of these, oral medications are generally more effective than
ointments applied directly to the blister. The common antiviral drugs include acyclovir,
famciclovir, valaciclovir, and penciclovir. Over-the-counter lysine supplements seem
to be helpful for some people, although scientific studies have not proven their
• What I know about STDS is that there are a lot of them like
,HIV/AIDS, Herpes, Herpes 1 can be transmitted orally.
Herpes 2 can be transmitted genitally. Another STDS are
Hepatitis B and C. HPV genital warts, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia,
Syphilis, and Trichomonaisis. There are two types of STDS,
Viruses and bacterial.
• Scott, Rebecca Lovell. "Herpes." Magills Medical Guide. Ed. Tracy Irons-
Georges, 4th rev. ed. 5 vols. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2008. Salem
Health Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
• Saulmon, Greg. "Genital Herpes." Teen Health and Wellness. Rosen, 2010.
Web. 12 Nov. 2010.