Herpes and HIV PSA
By: Alton Udeh and Issac Colter
#3 in college students according to CDC
Signs & symptoms- Genital herpes sores usually appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take weeks to heal. These symptoms are sometimes called “having an outbreak.” The first time someone has an outbreak they may also have flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, or swollen glands.
If it treatable or not. If it is treatable, how? There are medicines that can prevent or shorten outbreaks. One of these herpes medicines can be taken daily, and makes it less likely that you will pass the infection on to your sex partner(s).
Is it curable?There is no cure for herpes.
Prevention/protection against- Many suggest that being in a long-term relationship with a partner who has been tested and has negative STD test results ,and by using latex condoms every time you have sex.
Any complications it can cause in later years (include if it affects pregnancy) If you are pregnant and have genital herpes, it is very important for you to go to prenatal care visits. Sometimes genital herpes infection can lead to a miscarriage. It can also make it more likely for you to deliver your baby too early. Herpes infection can be passed from you to your unborn child and cause a potentially deadly infection (neonatal herpes). It is important that you avoid getting herpes during pregnancy.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
Signs that one might notice if they have contracted the disease have signs like Fever,Chills,Rash,Night sweats,Muscle aches,Sore throat,Fatigue,Swollen lymph nodes,Mouth ulcers.
Symptoms that will have once the disease is contracted are rapid weight loss, fever, sores on the mouth or anus, and pneumonia.
HIV can be treated, but not destroyed. There are drugs that can slow the process. There are seven drugs that act as anti-HIV drugs and attack the cells to slow down the growth of HIV. As of now there is no known cure for HIV. Treatment with HIV medicines is called antiretroviral therapy (ART).
AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection.
Prevention/protection against - Using condoms during sex of any types is one of the basic to prevent HIV. One should reduce the number of sexual partners they have to prevent the spread or contraction of the disease.
Later in life, the diagnosis of HIV could lead to later blood disease. About 90% of mothers who have the disease while pregnant will give the disease to the child. The only way the risk could be reduced is if the mother stays healthy during the pregnancy and gives the child formula milk instead of breast milk as the milk from the mother could give the child the disease.