Thursday, 5 December 2013

What You Did Not Know About Herpes
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Herpes is not always sexually transmitted but it is caused by an infection called Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).  Some types of herpes self heal with time where others may require antiviral treatment, it is unfortunate though that none of serious infection of herpes can be cured. There are 8 types of herpes that affect human beings.

Types of Herpes
Cold Sore Photo courtesy of Wikipedia 
1)      Human Herpes Virus 1(HHV1) which causes cold sores around the mouth and can lead to infection around the genital area and can be spread through sharing items.
2)      Human Herpes Virus 2(HHV2) also known as Herpes Simplex Virus 2(HSV2)which also causes cold sores around the mouth and genitalia and can be spread through skin contact.
3)      Human herpes Virus 3(HHV3) also known as varicella-zoster virus and which cause chickenpox and is transmitted through skin contact. Herpes zoster or shingles is also a HHV3 virus which is much serious and takes even longer to heal.
4)      Human herpes virus 4 also known as Epstein-barr is the major cause of mononucleosis or mono the kissing disease and is transmitted through saliva.