Herpes is a virus that most people are not aware of let alone think about it (unless you have suffered from it before). Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that when once contracted, it will stay with you forever and it will keep on coming. Blisters and red sores around the genital area can cause discomfort, distress, and other feverish symptoms. Not to mention the emotional distress when there is an outbreak.
You may be thinking that you are safe even if you did not suffer herpes before? This is quite the opposite fact and one of the most wrong perceptions about herpes. The problem is, many people carry herpes without knowing it or without suffering from it. This makes us think that there is nothing to worry about.
If you unknowingly transmit the virus to a sexual partner who has weak immune system, and suffers multiple outbreaks, then that would be unfair. This is why we should test ourselves for herpes periodically.
The virus is passed through direct skin contact with the infected area. An outbreak can be in a form of cold sore on the labial area (HSV1) or itching and sore in the genitalia (HSV2). Once herpes has been passed to a new person, symptoms may not show or remain dormant, or they could start immediately.
This depends on the susceptibility of the person from the virus and the strength of his or her immune system. When an individual has a weak immune system, then an outbreak can occur. Outbreaks can occur when a person is tired, fatigued, stressed or suffering from other infections like common colds or flu. The frequency of occurrence depends on the person and the strength of immune system.
This is one reason why many people suffer outbreaks every few weeks and some go years without symptoms. For this reason, it is essential to test ourselves from time to time. If you have herpes unknowingly, having knowledge of the symptoms can prepare your from outbreaks and how to handle it. It will also educate sufferers to take measures on how to prevent the virus from passing to another individual. How do you find out if you have herpes or not? Most people will not test for herpes until there are signs and symptoms like red blisters and sores.
Ways to test for herpes:
- Your physician will schedule a culture test, this will figure out the cause of the symptoms.
- A blood test can also be done to confirm if you have herpes or not. Note that before a blood test, your doctor may require you to fast for 12 hours. Click here for more information.
In general, testing for herpes helps you understand your condition and prevent future outbreaks and transmission to other individual.