Herpes is a viral condition characterized by the presence of fluid filled lesions. It is a Sexually Transmitted Disease and is transferred from a Seropositive Individual, someone who has Herpes, to a Seronegatie partner. The condition can occur in both men and women and is transmitted through oral and genital sex.
There are many ways to prevent Herpes and one of the most tried and tested ways is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship with a seronegative individual.
- A person can get herpes from an inanimate object. This is not true as herpes can only be transmitted from one person to another.
- When a person does not have symptoms, he or she cannot transmit the virus. Many herpes carries are asymptomatic but will still be able to transmit the symptom to others.
Prevent Herpes Transmission
The best way to prevent herpes transmissions is to remain in a mutually monogamous sexual relationship with a person who has been tested negative for herpes.
Other possible ways of preventing infection include
- Wearing a condom. It is important to point out that although this does reduce instances transmission, the condom only covers the shaft of the penis. The rest of the genital area is still exposed and can come in contact with the bare skin of the other person.
- Antiviral Drugs. If intercourse with an infected partner cannot be avoided, the non-infected individual can take antiviral drugs before engaging in sex.
- Washing the genital area after sex. This has been shown to reduce the instances of transmission.
Preventing Transmission from Mother to Child
An infant can get herpes as it passes through the mother’s vaginal canal at birth. This can be prevented by:
- Abstaining from sex with an infected partner during the third trimester of the pregnancy
- Regular checkups
How to Prevent Herpes Outbreaks Naturally
Having a mutually monogamous relationship with a person who is not infected with herpes remains the best natural way to prevent the condition. Patients can also see to fortifying their immune system to help them resist the infection and to help shorten the duration of the ailment.
The following methods can maintain a healthy immune system.
- Exercise on a regular basis.
- Eat a well balanced diet with a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Get enough rest; at least 7.5 or 9 hours of sleep a day.
- Drink lot of water; around 1.5 to 2 liters or water a day is recommended. Water intake should be increased when exercise is present.