Engaging in unprotected sex puts many people around the world at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. According to a recent survey, at least 20 million people get infected every year. Without regular checkup, there is high likelihood of the diseases advancing to untreatable stages. Some diseases like Herpes are untreatable.
Herpes is caused by contacting with the herpes simplex virus that yields two types of the disease. The most common is the herpes simplex2 (HSV-2) that claims one of every five people in the United States. It is also spread by skin contact.
If you do not get early diagnosis of Herpes, they continue to get worse. They are also embarrassing and may cause serious health concerns. You also put your partner at risk if you fail to treat Herpes early.
Frequent Outbreak and more Pain
Without treatment, your immune system is weakened. Just like other sexually transmitted infections, you are at risk of contracting other diseases. You will experience a rise in complications such as increased fever, swollen glands, and persistent headaches. Painful urination is common among patients with advanced Herpes. Blisters are also painful and very uncomfortable. Some people experience muscle aches with fever, which is accompanied by flu-like symptoms.
You will experience painful burning and itchy sensations on the sores. Most people will not experience the symptoms until later stages of Herpes. Others have mild symptoms especially if they maintain medication to suppress the virus. If you do not get medication of any form, you may experience cold sores around your mouth.
Passing it to Your Partner
Perhaps the biggest danger of lack of treatment is the risk of spreading the virus. You are likely to infect your sexual partner. Although there is no cure yet, medication has proven a suppressive measure against the symptoms. They also reduce the chances of spreading HSV-2 and help to contain it. Failing to undergo treatment of any form puts your partner at instant risk.
Untreated Herpes is also easily spread to the fetus in pregnant women. This is very risky to the unborn baby as it may cause brain damage. It is known to cause blindness in unborn babies. It is also associated with premature birth and miscarriage. In extreme situations, the virus may lead to death of the fetus.
Embarrassment during Frequent Outbreaks
Stereotypes surrounding Herpes cause people to feel embarrassed to fight it openly. Patients are made to believe they will not be able to ever enjoy sexual intercourse again. This is not true. Sex life is not ruined by the infection. You may however, need to desist from sexual activity during a breakout for at least a week. Most people who experience Herpes for the first time get embarrassed to expose the sores. The stereotypes are baseless and fact-less. For example, people suffering from the virus are assumed to be promiscuous.
The feeling of guilt and shame are common during the moments of realization. Knowing that there is no cure is perhaps the most disturbing thought.
Since HSV-2 and HSV-1 are viruses and not bacteria, antibiotics will be of no use. Over the counter solutions of facial cold sores is also not suitable for treatment. Use anti-viral tablets for at least five days during a breakout to manage it.
Effect on your Sex Life
If you fail to treat Herpes, you will develop recurring sores. When under stress the sores will occur more frequently. You may suffer the sores every week. Before the sores emerge, the area becomes itchy. A burning sensation is a good sign you will be developing sores. These occurrences are not predictable and can be very frustrating. The sores linger for few days and then form a scab before completely disappearing without a scar. The discomfort will not allow you to enjoy sex until they heal.
Whenever you develop signs and symptoms of the virus, it is important to refrain from sexual activity. During an outbreak, you are at high risk of spreading the virus. Refraining from sexual intercourse during this time will protect your sexual partner.
Contrary to unproven perceptions, Herpes does not cause infertility. There is also no evidence that genital herpes causes cervical cancer. It is however, easily passed on to an unborn baby during birth. In some rare cases, babies contract the disease before birth. Without treatment, the chances of infecting the fetus increase to within six months of pregnancy.