Raising Herpes and HPV Awareness

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Most sexually transmitted diseases are dangerous but not because of its affects and nature but because of the associated stigma and social barrier that one might face throughout their life even after they are cured completely.

Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease/virus, which is very contagious. If you have experienced the first signs or symptoms of this virus you might be in shock. Most people who have gone through this phase realize the immense fear and sorrow that one might face. But the fact is that this phase also proves that the worst is behind you. From here you can only be better. Fortunately, there is plenty of medical help and counseling available for people in mostly all cities. A virus called the Herpes Simplex Virus causes the symptoms. It is passed from person to person by kissing, or by having saliva-to-skin contact, skin-to-skin contact, or skin-to-lesion contact. There are various strains of the virus.

A person can have oral herpes on the lips, genital herpes or non-genital herpes. Non-genital herpes is called ‘shingles’ and is highly contagious. Oral herpes (HSV-1) is spread by kissing or having oral sex with an infected person. Unprotected sex can also cause genital herpes (HSV-2) in the vagina or the anus. Doctors can minimize the symptoms and prevent further episodes in the future. The virus however stays inside the body through life in an inactive form.

Another sexual disease is called HPV or Human Papilloma Virus. It is a common cause of sexually transmitted infections. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention around 6.2 million new cases of sexually transmitted HPV infections are reported every year. 20 million people in this country alone are already infected. There are various types of HPV such as 6, 11, 16, and 18. Some of them like 6 and 11 cause genital warts; whereas 16 and 18 cause pre-cancerous changes on the cervix, which may later form into cancerous growths. It some cases it can affect the penis, vulva, vagina, and anus. Genital warts are the most recognizable symptom of this illness. These warts are soft and cauliflower-shaped. They can be flat or with bumps. In women it can be found in the areas adjoining the vagina and anus. In men it is found on scrotum, penis, groins or thighs.

The people affected with HPV, Herpes or any other sexually transmitted diseases need our complete support and help. There are many reliable social networking websites that aim to do this for them to help promote their causes. People here can share their stories, ask for advices, provide solutions, search for friends and dating partners. This place is also for the partners, families, support groups, managers, counselors, and medical professionals of people living with this virus. They help create great relationships and provide awareness about these viruses and more. You can contribute tax deductible donations to create a fund for treatment and research on Herpes and HPV.

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