Genital herpes is considered as a lifetime disease. Genital herpes outbreaks give painful blisters within the genital area. Men and women are both susceptible to the herpes simplex virus. Every genital herpes infection pattern differs from one patient to another.
The herpes simplex virus is transmitted from one person to another through close personal contact with a person infected with herpes. For instance, exchange of saliva, cervical fluid, semen, or active lesions’ vesicle fluid. The herpes simplex virus does not infect the dead, keratinized cells. The herpes simplex virus needs to have contact with an abraded skin or mucosal cells to replicate and infect.
Why women are more prone than men
Women are more susceptible to the genital herpes simplex type two infection than men. If a non-infected female and male both came in contact with a partner having genital herpes, the woman is more likely to get infected by herpes simplex virus infection than the man is.
The reason women are more susceptible to genital herpes infections is: (1) the women’s genital area have a greater surface with mucosal cells than men, and (2) during the menstrual cycle of women, hormonal changes affect the immune system making the infection of herpes simplex virus easier.
Genital herpes outbreak
Both men and women will have painful, and long genital herpes first outbreaks. Moreover, recurrent herpes outbreaks will also occur. Women will experience more complications and severe diseases in the first genital herpes outbreak than men will.
Herpes lesions may occur anywhere within the genital areas such as inside the vagina, the urethra, the vulva, and on the cervix. The thighs and buttocks are also placed where herpes lesions are likely occurring even though these are not the genital areas. The first herpes lesions are very infectious within the average of three weeks.
Genital herpes symptoms
Aside from having rashes within the genital area of women, a burning feeling during urination and swollen lymph nodes in the groin may also occur. Women will experience some complication on the first genital herpes outbreak. 10 to 15% of women will have difficulty urinating, and one out of four women will have an inflammation of the brain – called meningitis.
It is true that women may experience a lot of severe diseases due to genital herpes infection, but not all symptoms that they may feel can be attributed to genital herpes. Consult your obstetrician to be sure that a genital herpes infection causes the symptoms you experience. Undergoing a test for genital herpes is the best way to determine an infection.