Genitals and cold sores might be the two words that come to your mind when you think about herpes. Herpes is quite widespread and you ought to know a few more facts about the virus. Get to know the facts from Delhi-based sexologist Dr V Raina.
Herpes can be mistaken for UTI: With different types of herpes, there are different levels of severity and symptoms. So if you never had herpes before, you might mistake the symptoms for yeast infections or UTI like burning sensation while urinating and pain in the genital area
Herpes increases your risk of another STI: If you have tested positive for herpes, you must test for other STIs as well. The inflammation and breaking down of skin due to herpes can make it easier for the HIV virus to enter the body.
Your odds of spreading the virus decreases with age: You have less chance of spreading the virus as you age. This means that you are less likely to have an active outbreak and thus less likely to pass on the virus if you have are around 50.
You can predict a herpes outbreak: You can experience a few symptoms before the lesion actually appears. You may report itching, tingling and burning before the outbreak even appears.
Condoms do not eliminate the risk of spreading herpes: According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine consistent use of condoms can reduce your risk of passing along the virus only by 30 percent . That being said, not everyone knows how to use condoms perfectly and condoms break.