There are many myths and facts about herpes simplex virus that you should know. No matter if you have this condition or not, it is very important for you to fully understand the condition so that you can protect yourself from the numerous problems that it can lead to. Although it can be treated, there is no cure for herpes simplex virus, both HSV 1 and HSV 2. However, there is protection.
Consider the following myths and facts. Did you know about these?
1. Genital herpes may only spread during an outbreak. This is a myth since you can be symptom free and still spread herpes to others.
2. If you have genital herpes, you can never engage in intercourse again. This myth is one that is quite common. However, the fact is, if you have extra protection and treat your condition using effective herpes medications you can safely have intercourse and not spread the condition to others.
3. You can get herpes from a toilet seat. This is another myth. The herpes simplex virus may not spread through this method since the virus will die if it encounters air.
4. You will know when you have genital herpes. Unfortunately, this too is another myth. Although there are 45 million Americans over the age of 12 that have genital herpes, many people do not know that they do. This is why it is such a high-risk condition and you need to protect against it.
5. Genital herpes is only a condition of the genital region of the body. This is a myth, too. The fact is, you can spread it to other areas of the body, especially if those areas encounter an active outbreak. Therefore, extra care needs to be taken.
6. Stress can cause a herpes outbreak. This is true. Stress plays an emotional trigger role in the frequency of outbreaks.
7. Everyone will know that you have herpes. Unless you tell them that you do, you can rest assured that they will not, as long as you take medications that will prevent the condition from having frequent, painful outbreaks.
8. There are warning signs of an outbreak. This is true, too. In most situations, you can spot the early onset symptoms of an outbreak, such as burning, itching and tenderness. This can help you to know when you should turn to medications.
9. Those who have herpes are more likely to catch HIV. If you have contact with someone with HIV and you have genital herpes, you are more susceptible. This is because the sores can provide an easy access for the AIDS virus to enter the body.
10. You can have kids if you have herpes. This is true, too, though you do need to educate your doctor on your condition.
These myths and facts about genital herpes are important for any person to know. If you do not take the time to learn what could happen, you could have exposure to the virus and not know it.