As the discussion on sexual health is gaining traction in India, people are becoming more and more aware of sexually transmitted health issues. Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, and HIV AIDS are some of the terms that people are largely aware about and are taking precautions against them. However, not many people know about Herpes. Herpes is a very common infection, and according to a report more than 50% of the population suffers from it. Let us find out more about it.
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1. It’s An STI, Not STD:
Unlike AIDS, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, etc. Herpes is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD), it is instead a sexually transmitted infection (STI), much like common cold and for a closer example a ringworm on your body. It can be identified with occurrence of sores near your affected area.
2. It Is Of Two Types:
It is of two types- Oral Herpes (also called cold sores) and Genital Herpes. Oral Herpes is marked by occurrence of sores and cuts around and inside your mouth while Genital Herpes is marked by the occurrence of same around your genital area. This however, does not stay all the time, and takes place only when the virus is active.
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3. It Has No Cure:
Unfortunately, yes, unlike Syphilis and Gonorrhoea, Herpes does not have a cure. It is a lifelong condition and the symptoms will show whenever the virus is active. It is therefore advised to use protection during oral, anal, and vaginal sex, and maintain oral hygiene if you are into lot of kissing.
4. It Does Not End Your Sex Life:
Even though it stays with you as long as you live, Herpes does not mean that you can have no more sex. As mentioned earlier, Herpes virus is active recurring periods of time when your symptoms show up; it is during this period that you must not have sex. Otherwise too, you must use protection whenever you have sex.
Herpes catches you when you are totally unaware and remains with you forever. It may not end your sex life but affects it in a huge way, nevertheless, apart from affecting your confidence. Therefore, like it is the thumb rule with every STD’s or STI’s prevention, always use protection and take care of your hygiene.