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  1. 1. Erin De La Cruz Mr. Holley Human Interaction 2° Period 11-12-10
  2. 2. Definition • “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 )
  3. 3. Symptoms • 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) http:// _-_Chud_Tsankov_Illustrations.jpg
  4. 4. How do you get it? Genital Herpes can be transmitted by conducting anal, oral, or vaginal sex.
  5. 5. How to prevent it. • DON‘T have sex. • Use a Condom. • Masturbation. • Abstinence.
  6. 6. 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 effectiveness.”(scott)
  7. 7. Journal • 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.
  8. 8. Works Cited • 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. <>.