The STD herpes produces a painful rash on the genitals caused by the herpes simplex virus (herpes virus hominis type 2). Genital herpes is transmitted by sexual intercourse with another person.
The incubation period for the herpes virus is about a week. The virus produces a burning, itching sensation and a small blister bursts. It then takes 10 to 21 days for them to heal. Lymph nodes in the groin may become enlarged and painful. The infection give leave the infected person a headache or a fever. Infected women with genital herpes may suffer painful urination when the urine comes in contact with the sores. In contrast, cold sores which appear around the mouth are a good indication of herpes type 1 infection.
There is no cure for genital herpes; however, early treatment will likely prevent or reduce the severity of an attack. Treatment for the herpes simplex virus depends upon the type, site, and severity. Antiviral medication acyclovir makes the ulcers less painful and aids in healing.
Attacks occur after sexual intercourse, sun bathing or when a person is run down. During an attack, sexual activity should be avoided. Also, if an attack of genital herpes occurs during the time a mother is in the delivery room giving birth, a cesarean section should be performed to prevent the baby from being infected.
Once the virus enters a person’s body, it stays there for the rest of that persons life.