Genital Herpes is a chronic infection by Herpes Simplex virus 2. While some never have an outbreak, thus not knowing they are infected, for many it causes frequent painful outbreaks.
Genital Herpes Longterm Effects
It is estimated that Genital Herpes affects an estimated 45 million Americans (more than one in four in women, and one in five in men).
Every year, as many as 1 million Americans become infected with the Herpes Virus.
The infection is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The herpes virus belongs to the same family as shingles and chickenpox.
There are two types of HSV, type 1 and type 2. While both can cause the symptoms of genital herpes, HSV-2 is most commonly the culprit for genital herpes, and HSV-1 is typically the cause of sores on the lips and mouth. –What we call “cold sores” or “fever blisters”.
The virus remains in certain nerve cells of the body for life, causing periodic symptoms in some people. Many people who are infected with HSV never develop any symptoms.
Effects of Herpes.
While herpes does not reduce the ability of a woman to become pregnant, having an outbreak, or becoming infected within the first trimester, there may be a small increase in the risk of miscarriage.
If you know, or suspect that you may have herpes, getting tested for herpes, and appropriately treated, can prevent problems through your pregnancy, or during the birth of the baby during which time the disease can be transmitted.
Infection in the newborn infant can lead to herpetic meningitis, herpetic viremia, chronic skin infection and even death.
By its very nature, genital herpes is an emotional problem as much as it is a physical one. For most people, a genital herpes diagnosis brings with it a strong emotional response. You may have felt anger, embarrassment, worry, guilt. You may even now be feeling depressed or fear rejection. Many others have felt the same.
The herpes virus is of special significance to women for a few different reasons.
It has been implicated in causing cervical cancer, especially when present in combination with Human papilloma virus (HPV), the causative virus for genital warts (condyloma).
Learning about the longterm effects of Herpes can help in your preventive endeavors.