Genital herpes affects half the population of the earth

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This disease often occurs asymptomatic. Scientists are worried about how often the virus can be transmitted when unprotected sex, resulting in an increasing number of people getting infected.

Infected mother in 30-50% of cases passes the virus to a child, not knowing how much he can harm a child.

There are two types of herpes simplex virus - HSV-1 (HSV-1) and HSV-2 (HSV-2). Herpes simplex virus type 2 (genital herpes) manifests itself on the appearance of genitalia and adjacent areas of rash in the form of bubbles filled with transparent contents, as well as redness of affected areas. Bubbles burst, forming ulcers that itch and hurt. However, on average only 10-25% of people know about infection. Some suffer from frequent exacerbations, others experience only 1-2 outbreaks for life. In most cases, the disease proceeds asymptomatic.

The virus is sexually transmitted. And even more unpleasant, if an infected person does not suspect anything about it. Many people are diagnosed with an antibody assay, and they do not know what to do next with this information. Scientists have conducted a study that revealed the potential risk of contracting a partner.


The experiment was attended by 498 adults with a healthy immune system, which was diagnosed with "genital herpes." Each day, within one month, the participants were required to report the appearance or absence of symptoms and to take a stroke of the genitalia for further study in the laboratory.

During the study of smears, it was found that 410 participants with obvious symptoms of the disease actively "spread" the virus on average 6 days out of 30. People with asymptomatic course of the disease (or during the remission of the disease) could transmit spasm within 3 days of 30.

What a dangerous virus

This study confirmed the importance of safe sex. Scientists also stressed that people should know whether they have the given form of the virus or they are completely healthy, because in addition to the risk of contracting their partner, pregnant women with asymptomatic course of the disease can infect children at childbirth. The consequences of infecting infants may be irreversible and sometimes fatal. For example, if a mother has been infected in the last trimester of pregnancy, the risk of transmission of the child to the child reaches 30-50%. In addition, the HSV-2 virus can lead to complications in people with chronic illness, weakening the immune system and thus increasing the risk of contracting HIV.

Protect your favorites

People with HSV-2 can protect their partners, using sexual intercourse for prevention, as well as taking special medications. Each such measure reduces the risk of infection by half.

Some people who are infected with the herpes virus have been taking antiviral drugs for years, others drink them periodically. For example, when starting a new relationship or being in a stressful situation, as a negative psychological state can also lead to an aggravation of herpes. Scientists believe that the decision to take drugs - the case of everyone. But protecting a partner during sex is a must for all infected people.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Genital herpes affects half the population of the earth

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