Wanted: Herpes Simplex Virus 2
By: Gina Loyola
What is herpes II?
Who gets herpes II?
How is herpes II spread?
What are the symptoms of herpes II?
How soon do symptoms appear?
When and for how long is a person able to spread herpes II?
Does past infection with herpes II make a person immune?
No. After the initial infection, the herpes II virus becomes dormant within the body. Symptoms may recur with varying frequency and are often associated with stress factors.
What is the treatment for herpes II?
What can a person or community do to prevent the spread of herpes II?
Avoidance of sexual contact with symptomatic individuals is an immediate, but only partial answer because herpes virus may be shed while the infected individual remains asymptomatic. Cesarean section is often recommended when primary or recurrent herpes II lesions occur in late pregnancy.
5 interesting facts about herpes simplex virus II?
Genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, 16.2% of persons aged 14 to 49 years have HSV-2 infection.
- Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is the main cause of genital herpes.
- Symptoms usually appear within 1 - 2 weeks after sexual exposure to the virus.
- The first signs are a tingling sensation in the affected areas, (genitalia, buttocks, thighs), and groups of small red bumps that develop into blisters.
- About 40% of men and 70% of women develop other symptoms during initial outbreaks of genital herpes, such as flu-like discomfort, headache, muscle aches, fever, and swollen glands.