It is a disease that appears and disappears on its own from time to time, depending on certain factors such as stress, tiredness, overexertion, fever, sun exposure, trauma and menstruation.
In women, herpes can also be localized to the internal parts of the body. Once infected with the Herpes Simplex virus, the person will remain with the virus in their body forever.
It manifests through small blisters located mainly on the outside of the vagina and on the tip of the penis. These blisters can burn and cause severe itching. By scratching, the person may break the blister, causing a wound.
Forms of contagion
Genital herpes is transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse (oral, anal or vaginal) (without condom use). This disease is very contagious and transmission occurs when the small blisters that form during the onset of symptoms rupture, causing a wound and eliminating the fluid inside. This fluid, when in contact with mucous membranes in the partner's mouth or ano-genital region, can transmit the virus. Rarely does contamination occur through contaminated objects.
The wounds disappear on their own. After some time, however, herpes may reappear in the same place, with the same symptoms. As long as blisters and wounds persist, the infected person is transmitting the disease. In the presence of these injuries, the person should refrain from sexual intercourse until the doctor authorizes them.
Condom use in all sexual, vaginal, oral and anal intercourse.
Herpes is highly transmissible. Therefore, the first orientation to patients always concerns local hygiene care: washing hands thoroughly, avoiding direct contact with other people and not puncturing bubbles under any pretext are important recommendations.
The treatment is done with oral and topical antiviral drugs, and aims to shorten the duration of symptoms, prevent complications and reduce the risk of transmission, because the virus cannot be completely eliminated.