For most of us, genital herpes is no more dangerous than a cold sore. Research conducted by Lawrence Corey, MD, and colleagues at the University of Washington in Seattle shows that genital HSV-2 recurs 10 times more often than genital HSV-1. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (one of the most common viruses in mankind) and in most cases causes very mild symptoms or none at all. Chickenpox can recur as shingles when you get older. An initial herpes infection can last more than 20 days and it’s not uncommon for someone to experience a range of generalised symptoms, such as fever, aches and pains, as well as specific genital symptoms. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-2. HSV-1 reactivates more frequently in the oral than in the genital area.
Herpes is a very common infection caused by a virus, called the herpes simplex virus, or HSV. HSV-1 more commonly affects the area around the mouth, while HSV-2 is more likely to affected the genital area, but both viruses can affect either region. Acute herpetic pharyngotonsillitis is the most common first presentation of the disease in adults, and more commonly affects the pharynx and tonsils than the mouth and lips. When herpes recurs, which typically occurs on lips in HSV-1, it is called herpes labialis. It is a common cause of infections of the skin and mucous membranes, manifesting itself as tiny, clear, fluid-filled blisters usually around the mouth or genitals. Towards the end of the visible infection (3-14 days), viral particles are carried from the skin through the branches of nerve cells to ganglia, where the virus persists in a latent form until it recurs in an active, visible form (Miller, AHMF). Still, HSV-2 of the genitals tends to recur more often than HSV-1 of the mouth, indicating that HSV-2 is the more virulent disease.
HSV-2 oral infections tend to recur less frequently than HSV-1. HSV-2 oral infections tend to recur less frequently than HSV-1. Recurrences and Outbreaks When Herpes Simplex Virus becomes active, it begins to multiply, and then comes to the surface along the nerve paths. Genital HSV recurs an average of 5 times per year, more or less, depending of course on various factors, including viral type & site, therapies, the individual’s immune system, emotional state, personal trigger factors, and even environmental factors. Oral HSV-2 normally recurs much less often than HSV-1, statistically about once every ten years.
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Herpes Simplex Virus 1, also known as HSV-1, is transmitted by contact with saliva from an infected person. Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is the most common cause of genital herpes, but it can also cause oral herpes. In fact, HSV-1 is now responsible for more than half of all new cases of genital herpes in developed countries. No one can predict when a herpes outbreak will recur. HSV 2 recurs more often than HSV 1. Often, attacks become milder and less frequent as time goes on. In people with HIV, especially if they have a very low CD4 cell count (under 50), herpes attacks tend to be more frequent, more severe and last longer. Genital herpes is a genital infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Genital HSV-1 infection recurs at rate of about one sixth of that of genital HSV-2. Women often experience additional symptoms that include painful urination (dysuria) and cervicitis. More than 80 of those infected are unaware of their infection. Genital herpes tends to recur more often than cold sores. About 40 percent of persons infected with HSV2 will experience six or more outbreaks per year. There are two types of herpes viruses–herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). However, genital HSV-2 outbreaks recur ten times more often than genital HSV-1.