New studies show that the black community is rife with sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, black women top the lists of women afflicted with HIV and Herpes. A shocking 50% of black women have been diagnosed with Herpes simplex.
It's no secret that black women who are desperate for love often open their legs to married men, single men and even gay men. Singer Rihanna is known to stay out of the public eye until her rumored Herpes outbreaks clear up.
Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) cause the most common forms of herpes: oral herpes and genital herpes.
When an infected individual is in the active (symptomatic) phase of the disease, he or she presents with oral sores on their lips, face, hands or genital areas. Facial sores are commonly referred to as cold sores or fever blisters. The active phase may last from 2-21 days. Genital herpes is often asymptomatic, meaning there usually are no visible signs of infection.
Herpes simplex is acquired through direct contact of a lesion or body fluids (saliva, vaginal juices, etc.).
After the initial infection, the virus travels from the site of infection along the nerves to the nerve cells where the virus lies dormant within the cell (incubation period). Infection is lifelong and, as in all virus, there is no known cure.
It isn't known why the virus becomes active in some people and not in others. But once active, the episodes become less frequent over time.
Women are more susceptible to contracting genital HSV-2 virus than men. Even in the asymptomatic stage the virus is still highly contagious. Condoms and dental dams often provide the best protection against the HSV-2 (genital) virus.
Treatment with antiviral medications can reduce the severity of the outbreaks and alleviate the symptoms. Also, Motrin and Tylenol can reduce the pain and fever associated with herpes. Topical creams can be applied to stop symptoms such as outbreaks and itching.
This has been your Medical Minute.
More Info on the Web
Herpes STD Facts - CDC
Genital Herpes - Web MD
Herpes Simplex - NIH
Herpes Simplex - Wikipedia
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