An infection of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2) can lead to Genital Herpes, a sexually transmitted disease that causes blisters and pain in the genital area. Herpes simplex virus type 2 can be passed in the urine or genital discharge of an infected person. HSV-2 remains dormant in the sacral ganglia. The viruses become reactivated secondary to certain stimuli, including fever, physical or emotional stress, ultraviolet light exposure, and axonal injury.
- Types of Human Herpes Virus
- HHV 1 – Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV 1)
- HHV 2 – Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV 2)
- HHV 3 -Herpes Zoster Virus (VZV)
- HHV 4 – Ebstein Barr Virus (EBV)
- HHV 5 – Cytomegolovirus (CMV)
- HHV 6 – Human B-cell Lymphotrophic
- HHV 7 – Causes Symptoms Similar to the HHV-6
- HHV 8 – It is a Type of Rhadinovirus
HSV-2 recurring outbreaks will generally occur in the genital region. Herpes type 2 is believed to be a painful and dangerous infection that affects people with an “overly active sex life. This couldn’t be more false. Genital Herpes can infect anyone who has sex, even if only once. An estimated 25% of adults from varying backgrounds, income levels and ethnic groups have Herpes type 2 causing genital herpes. Herpes type 2 is often so mild that an estimated two thirds of those infected don’t even realize they have it. Herpes type 2 rarely causes complications and more rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Herpes type 2 is the most common cause of neonatal herpes (herpes in the newly born baby), a rare but often dangerous and potentially fatal condition that affects newborns. Herpes type 2 oral infections are very rare and in those few known cases, recurring outbreaks are extremely rare. HSV-2 is associated with genital infection (herpes genitalis or genital herpes).
This happens in three stages
- Prodromal symptoms
- Sore appears
- Lesion begins to heal, usually without scarring
In men, the lesions may occur on the shaft of the penis, in the genital region, on the inner thigh, buttocks, or anus. In women, lesions may occur on or near the pubis, labia, clitoris, vulva, buttocks, or anus. This may require a very careful examination; for example, during delivery, examination by use of a flashlight may be necessary.
The appearance of herpes lesions and the experience of outbreaks in these areas vary tremendously among individuals. Herpes lesions on/near the genitals may look like cold sores. An outbreak may look like a paper cut, or chafing, or appear to be a yeast infection. Symptoms of a genital outbreak may include aches and pains in the area, discharge from the penis or vagina, and discomfort when urinating.
Initial outbreaks are usually more severe than subsequent ones, and generally also involve flu-like symptoms and swollen glands for a week or so. Subsequent outbreaks tend to be periodic or episodic, typically occur four to five times a year, and can be triggered by stress, illness, fatigue, menstruation, and other changes. The virus sequesters in the nerve ganglia that serve the infected dermatome during non-eruptive periods, where it cannot be conventionally eliminated by the body’s immune system.
Women are more susceptible to acquiring genital HSV-2 than men. On an annual basis, without the use of anti-viral preparations or condoms, the transmission risk from infected male to female is approximately 8-10%. This is believed to be due to the increased exposure of mucosal tissue to potential infection sites. Transmission risk from infected female to male is approximately 4-5% annually. Suppressive antiviral therapy reduces these risks by 50%. Anti-viral preparations also help prevent the development of symptomatic HSV in infection scenarios by about 50%, meaning the infected partner will be seropositive but symptom free. Condom use also reduces the transmission risk by 50%. Condom use is much more effective at preventing male to female transmission than vice-versa. The effects of combining antiviral and condom use is roughly additive, thus resulting in approximately a 75% combined reduction in annual transmission risk. It is important to note that these figures reflect experiences with subjects having frequently recurring genital herpes, subjects with low recurrence rates and those with no clinical manifestations were excluded from these studies.
Effects of Herpes Simplex VirusType 2 (HSV 2)
The HSV-2 herpes virus is more virulent, affects the lower half of the body, and tends to remain dormant in the sacral ganglia. It can also produce aseptic meningitis and neuralgias along the genitocrural, sciatic and obturator nerves due to radiculomyelopathy. The pain radiates from the hip downwards and forwards to the upper thighs and groins. Herpetic Whitlow or nailbed infection, meningitis, encephalitis, Hepatitis, etc. are rarely seen manifestations of the virus and tend to occur only in the immunocompromised individuals. Eventually the patient can succumb to these pathologies.
Screening of HHV 2– The purpose of screening for Genital Herpes is to identify infected patients and help them recognize symptoms, reduce transmission to others, and protect themselves from acquiring HIV and other STDs.
Genital Herpes – An infection of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2) can lead to genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease that causes blisters and pain in the genital area. Most of the people who are infected with HSV-2 have no symptoms of disease or they do not recognize their symptoms.
Herpes Treatment– A beautiful melange of time-tested resonance homeopathic medicines and homotoxological remedies so as to stimulate the immune system to heal itself following nature’s laws.
Symptoms caused by HSV 1 infection (HSV 1 is known to affect the following areas of the body.)
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