Listen to glitterbag, the voice of experience.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of six people in the United States aged 14 to 49 have genital herpes caused by the HSV-2 infection (the herpes simplex virus often responsible for genital herpes). The overall genital herpes statistic is probably higher, the CDC stated, since many people are also contracting genital herpes through oral sex caused by HSV-1 (the kind of herpes usually responsible for cold sores). Taking that into account, genital herpes statistics are usually quoted at closer to 25 percent for women and 10 percent for men, but most of these people don’t even know they have it.
In terms of a person’s health, genital herpes is usually nothing to worry about. According to the National Institutes of Health, many people with genital herpes never even have outbreaks or their outbreaks decrease over time (one or two outbreaks a year is not uncommon).
Herpes is...harmless disease...
...rarely there are complications.
You are contradicting yourself maxdancona. Any complication can lead to a dire outcome.
What should you do if you have these symptoms of Herpes?
To conclude, there are many different symptoms of herpes. The above mentioned symptoms are those of moderate to severe herpes cases, but mild cases of herpes are also prevalent and can go unnoticed.
The tricky thing about genital herpes symptoms is that they are often hard to notice in the beginning. You might think that you have something else like:
Abrasions or razor burn
Ingrown hair follicles
That's why my number one bit of advice is...
Speak to a Doctor!!!!! Either in person or even online at Healthtap.com.
If you are reading this and think you have herpes, you should go do the following things:
1. Go see a Doctor. A doctor can give you a proper diagnosis. Your family doctor can give you a test to help diagnose the type of herpes that you have. Better yet, go see a dermatologist (skin doctor) or a gynecologist (especially if you think you have Genital Herpes).
2. Go get a Herpes Blood Test. A blood test for herpes will give you a 99% correct diagnosis whether you have HSV-1 (Oral Herpes) or HSV-2 (Genital Herpes). These tests work best 10-12 weeks or more after first exposure to the virus.
3. Tell your partner. Your sexual partner has the right to know if you suspect you have Herpes. I have written some nice tips on how to tell your partner that you might find useful.
4. Consider getting your partner tested. There's a good chance that your current partner has given you herpes so if you get tested you should suggest your partner to get tested also.
truthfully I'd be most concerned about your partner if she is of an age where she could have children in the future as there is a significant danger to infants who are born to infected, undiagnosed mothers. it can be fatal.
If a woman with genital herpes has virus present in the birth canal during delivery, herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be spread to an infant, causing neonatal herpes, a serious and sometimes fatal condition. Neonatal herpes can cause an overwhelming infection resulting in lasting damage to the central nervous system, mental retardation, or death. Medication, if given early, may help prevent or reduce lasting damage, but even with antiviral medication, this infection has serious consequences for most infected infants.
While neonatal herpes is a serious condition, it is also very rare. Less than 0.1% of babies born in the United States each year get neonatal herpes. By contrast, some 25-30% of pregnant women have genital herpes. This means that most women with genital herpes give birth to healthy babies.
Babies are most at risk for neonatal herpes if the mother contracts genital herpes late in pregnancy. This is because a newly infected mother does not have antibodies against the virus, so there is no natural protection for the baby during birth. In addition, a new herpes infection is frequently active, so there is an increased possibility the virus will be present in the birth canal during delivery.