Herpes Simplex

Herpes Simplex
Herpes Simplex is caused by a Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). HSV-1 & HSV-2. HSV-1 causes Oral Herpes – sores in mouth or face. Cause Infection of the eye. It can also lead to infection of the lining of the brain -meningoencephalitis.HSV-2 causes Genital Herpes – affects genital, buttocks or anal region. Sexually transmitted.
Mothers can infect newborn during vaginal delivery especially if having active disease during childbirth. However, 60 – 80% of HSV infections acquired by newborns occur in women who do not have symptoms of HSV infection or a history of genital HSV infection. The virus can spread even when sores are not present.
A finger infection, called herpetic whitlow, is another form of HSV infection. It usually affects health care providers who are exposed to saliva during procedures.
Most people have outbreaks several times a year. Over time, you get them less often. HSV is never eliminated from the body, but stays dormant and can reactivate, causing symptoms.

Treatment: Some cases are mild and may not need treatment. Those needing treatment require antiviral medications such as acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir.

 Skin Diseases
Herpes simplex virus type 2 infection was one of the strongest risk factors for HIV acquisition among men who have sex with men.