Tuesday, March 22, 2011

HSV type1: Can You Get It In Genitalia?

Patients are always curious about herpes whether it's a oral or genital herpes. At one point, I started believing that they are actually scared of the word herpes itself. In recent years media, news paper, and internet have provided too much information about sexually transmitted disease. In a way it is good that people are being aware of all these potential infections, but at the same time an inappropriate information or inadequate information put them at lots of stress. The common questions that many herpes patients have are: Is HSV-1 same as HSV-2? Can you get HSV-1 in genital region? Is there any health risk? Is genital herpes always sexually transmitted? You will have to read through my previous post to get answer for these common questions, please click here.

Many patients believe that HSV type 1 causes oral herpes only and has nothing to do with genital herpes, but this is not completely true. Although oral herpes is caused by HSV-1 but increase in oral sexual practices have made it possible to have HSV-1 in genital region. HSV-1 presentation looks pretty similar to genital herpes and it would be very hard differentiate them just by looking at the skin lesions.

One more important information is that herpes can cause auto-infection. In simple words, if you touch the herpes lesion and then touch other body parts, you can transfer infection to other parts of your body. It is needless to mention that herpes can be transmitted by skin to skin contact. You can read more about herpes from my previous post, Are you scared of herpes?

The main reason for this article is to make you aware that oral herpes can be transmitted to other body parts including your genitalia. Taking precaution and preventive measures may avoid all these hassles.You can also read the herpes key information that you must know, please click here.


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