People have a lot of questions about herpes whether they have the disease or not. Is there a herpes cure? No. You may think since this disease has been around for over 3 million years and is so common, they would have developed a cure by now. Well, they haven't. Once bioscience company, Genocea, established trial efforts that showcased a few interesting results, but the project required three clinical trials in order for the vaccine to be approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and the funding ran out before they could begin the third clinical trial, so the project was canceled.
An FDA approved herpes cure sounds nice, but it doesn't look like there will be one any time soon. Why? The herpes virus is one that is complicated and can't easily be cured by a vaccine at this time. There are current herpes vaccines being tested, but they're not the results scientists hope for. Although there is no herpes cure, more than one herpes treatment available that is proven effective against cold sores, outbreaks, and other symptoms of both oral herpes (HSV1) and genital herpes (HSV2). The best protection against both HSV1 and HSV2 viruses is not having sex, but since more and more people are having sex, there are other options. These options are not as effective as abstinence, but they lower your risk of contracting the disease. There are current researches being conducted, which includes genetic engineering and vaccines, to help doctors understand how herpes works in order to find a herpes cure.
Once you become infected with the herpes virus whether HSV1 or HSV2, there is no herpes cure, and the virus will remain in your body for the rest of your life. You also need to know that the symptoms of both HSV1 and HSV2 will come and go and sometimes vary. Some HSV1 symptoms include fever blisters or more than one cold sore around the mouth area. Some HSV2 symptoms include little bumps (fever blisters) in the genital area, including the anus and flu symptoms.
It is often said the first outbreak is the worst. It is true that some outbreaks will be worse than others and may include different symptoms. You can have oral herpes (HSV1) or genital herpes (HSV2) and sometimes have no symptoms. The herpes virus will continue to lie dormant in your body once you contract the disease, and the herpes virus can rekindle at any time. Some outbreaks will be short and some will last for longer periods of time. The time the virus reactivates in your body will differ from the time it reactivates in another person's body.
It is a fact the herpes virus does not consistently remain active in the body. Herpes has two phases, which include the dormant and active phase. During the dormant phase, the herpes virus does not cause any noticeable symptoms and you may feel fine. At this time, the virus is hibernating in your body, in your nerve cells. When the virus is active, this stage is known as the active stage, which causes noticeable outbreaks and sometimes flu-like symptoms. The frequency of occurring symptoms varies by person. Some people experience symptoms of the herpes virus within one week of contracting the virus while some people do not have symptoms for years after they become infected.
HSV1 and HSV2 are highly contagious infections that are the most harmful during an outbreak. This is the time you are most likely to transmit the herpes virus to someone else. A herpes outbreak is known as shedding. Shedding occurs when the virus is in the active phase and signs of the virus appear the surface of the skin, such as a coldsore or a cluster of small bumps on the genitals or areas around your genitals, including your anus and thighs. Everyone does not experience the same symptoms during the shedding phase. Some people enter the shedding phase and do not know it.
No, there is not a herpes cure, but there is more than one herpes treatment available. There are a variety of herpes medications, antivirals, that help with managing herpes by controlling the symptoms and reducing the frequency of outbreaks. Antivirals for herpes is necessary because it prevents the virus from invading and infecting your healthy cells and multiplying. Antivirals for herpes can effectively treat acute herpes infections as well as be a suppressant to help control and further prevent outbreaks. Common antiviral forms are in tablet, liquid, and injection form.
A herpes treatment can work alone, but the results are better when you put forth an effort. One of the first things you need to do is be familiar with your body. A lot of changes are taking place, and you need to know how your body reacts in different situations. If you are like some people, you have frequent outbreaks throughout the year. You may want to consider suppression treatment to help lessen the number of outbreaks you have and help with the symptoms that accompany the outbreaks. Antiviral creams are available and can help with cold sores. If you have cold sores that linger for more than 5 to 7 days, consult your doctor.
If you have genital herpes, there is a short-term treatment option that involves taking tablets for a maximum of 5 days. In the event, new symptoms develop, you will need to continue intense treatment. This is also true for symptoms that do not dissipate in a reasonable amount of time.
Managing oral herpes properly means you will take the necessary safety precautions to protect yourself and others. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water each time you apply ointment to cold sores. Do not touch the cold sores unless you are applying an antiviral cream. Oral sex and kissing are out of the question. Do not participate in either of these activities. Direct physical contact with people should be avoided, as well as, sharing items, including lip balm and lip gloss, cups, and silverware. You can still use public restrooms, swimming pools, and commercial showers without a problem.
Having genital herpes does not have to be the end of your sex life if you are willing to use protection and use it properly, plus take other safety precautions. Never allow anyone to come in direct contact with your sores or blisters. Even if you do not have any symptoms, always wear a condom, and if you are using sex toys, wash and sterilize them and put a condom on them. When you experience an outbreak, avoid engaging in sexual activities, even if you intend on wearing a condom.
The more you know about the herpes virus, the better you can protect yourself and others. This virus does not have to be one that ruins your life. Get the facts and protect yourself.