How To Encourage You Partner To Fight Against Herpes?

Herpes is caused by the virus herpes simplex, and it is often abbreviated as HSV.  Herpes appear most commonly on the mouth and the genitals, though they can appear anywhere in the body. Two types of HSV are there, HSV-1, which is called oral herpes, causes cold sores as well as fever blisters around the mouth and face. The second type, HSV-2 is the cause of genital herpes outbreaks from time to time.

Children frequently contract HSV-1 from an infected adult and it can be something as simple as a fond kiss on the lips, using the same utensils, or a common lip cream or balm. If an adult with HSV-1 and cold sores performs oral sex on another adult, he/she may transmit it in the form of genital herpes.

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People at risk of contracting herpes are;

  • Those who have multiple sex partners
  • Those who perform sex at an young age
  • Females
  • Those who already are infected with another STD
  • People who possess a weak immune system
  • Indulging in risky sexual behaviour, like anal sex and sex without condoms.

If you find that your partner is experiencing a herpes outbreak, know that at present, there is no herpes cure. You can tell by the following symptoms;

  • Sores and blisters around the mouth and genitals
  • He’ll have pain while urinating
  • Constant itching
  • Fever and swollen lymph nodes for which a STD test is recommended
  • A lack of appetite along with tiredness and frequent headaches
  • Pain in the eyes with a gritty feeling

Dealing with your partner:

Please ask him to visit a doctor, and accompany him for moral support, as you need to find out the reason behind these symptoms. Primarily, after an examination of the blisters and sores, an HSV test will be recommended, commonly known as herpes culture. If there is absence of sores, then a blood test for antibodies to HSV-1 and HSV-2 will give you the diagnosis.

Further steps to be taken:

Your partner will definitely be down in the dumps after the diagnosis, and refuse to interact much, most tend to go into isolation. Convince him that this is not the end of the world, and that as long as he follows the prescribed method of containment with medicines like valacyclovir, acyclovir, and famiclovir, he stands a good chance of having the blisters and sores disappear. There are also numerous support groups that reach out to people with herpes and counsel them on leading a safe and sterile life as much as possible. Herpes dating sites also exist, which make sexual life for people with herpes a bit easier.

If your partner insists on letting you go because he does not want to put you at risk of contracting herpes, there are numerous std dating sites that can have him partner a woman with similar conditions, both with the previous knowledge that the other is infected. An std dating website will require him to fill in details about his condition, as well as an agreement to the terms and conditions of the concerned website.