Herpes Viral Infections
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are very common worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 have HSV-1, which is the main cause of oral herpes. In the United States, it is estimated that one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years has HSV-2, which is the main cause of genital herpes.
Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 are highly contagious and can be spread through skin-to-skin contact, especially during sexual activity. HSV-1 is typically spread through saliva, while HSV-2 is usually transmitted through sexual contact.
While there is no cure for HSV infections, there are treatments that can help to manage the symptoms. In most cases, HSV infections are mild and cause no lasting damage. However, HSV infections can sometimes cause more serious problems, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or blindness.
If you think you may have a HSV infection, it is important to see a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.
Do I have Herpes?
If you have ever had a cold sore or fever blister, you may have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV is a common virus that infects people of all ages. It is estimated that more than half of the world's population has been exposed to HSV. While most people never have any symptoms, some people develop a lifelong infection.
If you have ever had a cold sore, you may have been exposed to HSV-1. This virus is also known as herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). HSV-1 is the most common type of HSV. It is usually spread through close contact with someone who has HSV-1, such as through kissing or sharing cups or utensils. HSV-1 can also be spread through contact with infected saliva, such as through sharing lipstick or sharing a toothbrush.
Most people who are infected with HSV-1 never have any symptoms. However, some people may develop cold sores. Cold sores are small, painful blisters that usually appear around the mouth. They are caused by the HSV-1 virus. Cold sores typically last for about a week and usually heal on their own.
If you have ever had a fever blister, you may have been exposed to HSV-2. This virus is also known as herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2). HSV-2 is the most common type of HSV. It is usually spread through sexual contact, such as through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. HSV-2 can also be spread through contact with infected saliva, such as through sharing lipstick