Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can get. Most people with the virus don’t have symptoms. There is two types of herpes one is "herpes simplex type 1 " and the other is "herpes simplex type 2".
Symptoms will include painful and itchy sores in the genital area, painful urination, vaginal discharge and tender lumps in the groin. During the first outbreak ( primary herpes), some people experience flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever and headache.
Genital herpes is common in the United States. In the United States, about one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes.
How common is it?
The percentage of women with genital herpes is 25%,
While 20 % men have genital herpes.
This means about 50 million people in the United States have herpes.
How does it spread?
You can get herpes by having vaginal, anal, oral sex, and kissing with someone who has the disease.
How can you avoid it
A way to avoid Herpes is by using a condom when having sex.Outbreaks can also occur in areas that are not covered by a condom so condoms may not fully protect you from getting herpes. Birth control does not protect you from Herpes. Another best way to avoid Herpes is simply by not having sexual intercourse
Is it there a cure?
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There is no cure for herpes, but medication is available to reduce symptoms and make it less likely that you will spread herpes to a sex partner.