Genital Herpes is essentially a sexually transmitted disease for which there is no proven cure. Contrary to what many people believe, having genital herpes does not signify a lack of personal hygiene, and neither does it signify a person has had a multitude of sexual partners.

The herpes virus, in any form, is notoriously contagious, particularly during times when the virus is active. During this phase, the virus causes skin irritation in and around the vagina in the case of women, while with men both the penis and scrotum can be affected. As the condition progresses, the red inflamed areas develop blisters contain a clear fluid. The blisters will then burst and a scab will form.

Once the scabs drop off, the virus usually goes back into hiding, and can remain dormant for several years at a time. Transmission of the virus from one person to another while it’s dormant is exceptionally rare, although not impossible. If however you have intercourse with an infected person when the virus is active, you will almost certainly contract the disease yourself.

It’s also worth noting that genital herpes can spread orally as well. If for example you have an active herpes outbreak and your partner perform oral sex on you, they will then end up with oral herpes. The same principle applies if you have oral herpes and you perform oral sex, your partner will then end up with genital herpes.

Many infected people only experience an outbreak every few years, while other carriers tend to have an outbreak regularly. The severity of an outbreak can also vary considerably from one person to the next.

For some, it nothing more than an annoying inconvenience, while for others it can be excruciatingly painful. In most such cases, the pain is accompanied by severe itching, and of course, if you scratch the area, you run the risk of tearing the scab off, and that in turn means you could potentially spread the virus via your fingers.

Regardless of what you may have heard, there is no cure for herpes. Once you have the virus, it will stay with you for the remainder of your life, although you may be fortunate enough to never experience any severe outbreaks. Doctors and scientists are working hard to produce an effective vaccine that would essentially give a person immunity, but as of yet, no such vaccine exists.

The important thing to remember, particularly if you have been infected, is that the condition can be treated in order to provide relief from the symptoms.

In cases where a person has a severe breakout, it’s important to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Unfortunately, however, many people suffer in silence simply because they’re embarrassed.

In truth, there is no need to be embarrassed, considering that statistics reveal that approximately 1 in 4 sexually active women carry the herpes virus. On a global scale, it’s estimated that 1 in 6 of the world’s population has herpes in one form or another.