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Question:

I am having genital herpes from last 3 months when symptoms occurred .

How I got affected with it?

It’s not hereditary and haven't had any sexual intercourse till date.

From where did it come in me.

All the symptoms have cleared. Should I visit a doctor for a general checkup?

Harshit

Answer:

Dear Harshit,

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2).

It is possible to have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) without having sexual intercourse.

Few, if any, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) require actual sexual intercourse for transmission.

Oral sex can transmit HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), hepatitis B virus, herpes, genital warts, syphilis and gonorrhea.

Other acts, such as petting, could possibly transmit some of these infections as well.

Contact with infected body fluids (particularly blood, semen and vaginal secretions) is necessary for spreading HIV and hepatitis B.

Therefore, touching and petting (without ejaculation) would not be likely to pass these viruses from person to person.

However, the same is not true for genital warts or herpes. Only contact with the lesion is needed to spread these infections. Have you ever had a yeast infection before?

If you have never had sex, or never even close to having sex then I would not think it is an STD, but yeast infections can cause a rash and red irritated skin.

In many cases, a doctor or nurse may suspect genital herpes just by looking. They will want to confirm this by taking a swab of fluid from the infected area, if they can. They may gently break a blister to get a sample of the fluid inside. The swab will then be sent to the laboratory and the result will usually
be known within 1–2 weeks.

A swab looks a bit like a cotton bud, but is smaller and rounded. It sometimes has a small plastic loop on the end rather than a cotton tip. It is wiped over the parts of the body that could be infected and easily picks up samples of fluid. This only takes a few seconds and may sting for a moment if the blisters and sores are tender.

There is a specific blood test that can be done to look for antibodies to the virus. This is not used as a routine test for genital herpes.

It is not essential to have treatment as genital herpes will clear up by itself.

However, prompt treatment at the start of an episode can be a great help – it can reduce the time the outbreak lasts, help the healing process and can reduce the risk of you passing the virus on to someone else.

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