Having Female Genital Herpes doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop HIV, but it can increase yous risk of getting the condition.

Genital Herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV2) and affects the skin of the genital and anal area, and also the surface of the cervix. The virus causes fluid filled blisters in the genital region of the body. The blisters then burst and scab off before healing.

During the time that the blisters have burst, but not healed, this area of the body is more vulnerable to infection. The skin and also the layer that makes up the surface of the cervix have a protective function. They act as a barrier and prevent bacteria and viruses from penetrating these layers and getting into the body.

Once these layers are damaged, it is much easier for bacteria and viruses to get into the body and infect it. If your immune system is strong, you are less likely to contract diseases, as your body is better equipped to fight off potential invaders. If you have Genital Herpes lying dormant in your body and your immune system is weak, you are more likely to have an outbreak. This will mean that your defence barriers are weakened in several ways: The HIV virus can get into the body easier through the damaged skin surfaces. Also your body is also having to use its immune defences to fight the HPV virus and create antibodies to it. This leaves it less able to protect against other viruses that are trying to invade your body.

If you have unprotected sex during this time, you can put yourself at risk of catching other STDs including HIV. Just because you are already infected with Genital Herpes doesn’t mean you should stop protecting yourself from STDs, just because you have one. In fact, you should be more vigilant, because now you have a higher risk of catching an STD than before.

As well as limiting the number of sexual partners, and having protected sex, you should do all you can to boost your immune system. This should include:

eating fresh, wholesome, unprocessed foodsgetting 7-8 hours sleep per nightmaintaining a regular routineget regular exercisereduce stress by taking on less, delegating, and finding ways to deal with stress in your lifeadopt a positive attitude to life

Reducing stress is very important as stress can deplete your immune system. Ensure you take time out for yourself, even if it is just sitting down having a coffee and reading a magazine or watching TV, or going for a walk for 20mins. Having a massage or other relaxing treatment is a great way to chill out.

If you are worried about your condition, don’t sit at home worrying, seek help. Find out as much as you can about your problem and what you can do to help limit the frequency and severity of the outbreaks. Confide in someone – a partner, friend or health professional. Don’t keep all your worries to yourself. Sometimes just talking about a problem helps you to feel better about it. There are many other HSV sufferers who can offer support and advice.

All these things along with a sensible attitude to sex, will help you to have a healthy life and protect you from any further infections. Having Female Genital Herpes might seem like the end of the world, but there’s a lot you can do to maintain a relatively ‘normal’ life.

Tagged with: Genital Herpes Treatment • Genital Herpies • Gential Herpes • Herpes Simplex Virus 2 • herpes symptoms • Vaginal Herpes

Filed under: Living with Herpes

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