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BE AWARE

ARE YOU SEXUALLY ACTIVE OR THINK YOU MAY HAVE HERPES?

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What is herpes?

Herpes come in two types, oral and genital. They are both types of virus's.

RIsks

Whos at risk? ANYONE IS AT RISK! Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1. By age 5 children in low-income areas are infected rather than children in middle-income areas. However, by age 60, about 60 - 85% have become infected with HSV-1.at least about 1 in 5 teenagers and adults, are infected with HSV-2. It is usually caused from unprotected sex or simply if you're sexually active. doctors, nurses, and dentists are also at rist because of the higher than average risk for herpetic whitlow, herpes that occurs in the fingers. Athletes are also at risk, expeally ones that are playing direct contact sports.

Prevention & Treatment

It is almost impossible to stop the transmission of oral herpes since it can be transmitted by direct contact.Genital herpes is contagious from the first signs of tingling and burning until the time that sores have completely healed. It is best to refrain from sex during periods of active outbreak. No drug can cure herpes simplex virus. Oral herpes could also come back and happen again. There are plenty of medicines that can cure oral and genetic herpes but they will never completely cured. The medicines can reduce symptoms and improve healing times.

What should you do?

If you contract herpes you should tell your doctor immediately so that treatment can start right away. There is no cure to herpes but there are medications you can take to control it so it doesn't get worse. Also, if you get genital herpes you may want to alert any partner of yours that you have them and practice safe sex so that it won't spread to them.