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Herpes are small blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus. The herpes simplex virus is categorized into two types: Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
HSV-1 is associated with cold sores on the mouth. HSV-2 is associated with genital herpes. Though this is not always the case, but largely is. It’s possible to get genital herpes from HSV-1 if someone who performed oral sex had cold sores during that time. HSV-1 is incredibly common. Anywhere from 50 to 95 percent of adults are positive for HSV-1, but some never experience an outbreak and some have regular outbreaks.
Of people under 50, an estimated 3.7 billion people (67%) have the HSV-1 infection globally. Of people aged 15 to 49, an estimated 417 million people (11%) worldwide have HSV-2 infection. HSV-1 is less serious than HSV-2, but both should be treated with care.
A majority of HSV-1 (oral) and HSV-2 (genital) infections are asymptomatic. General symptoms include herpes sores which are painful blisters or ulcers. Herpes infections are most contagious when symptoms are present but can still be transmitted to others without an outbreak.
Symptoms of Herpes Simplex Virus 1
A majority of HSV-1 sufferers contract the infection before the age of 10. The vast majority of HSV-1 infections are oral-facial herpes. Though there are cases of HSV-1 genital herpes. Initial outbreaks can accompany flu-like symptoms. Oral herpes is mostly asymptomatic. A majority of people with HSV-1 are unaware they are infected.
Symptoms of oral herpes are:
Genital herpes caused by HSV-1 can also be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms that can easily go unnoticed. When symptoms do occur, HSV-1 genital herpes outbreaks are characterized by one or more genital or anal blisters or ulcers. After an initial episode, which can be quite severe depending on the individual, symptoms may recur but HSV-1 genital herpes do not recur frequently.
Symptoms of Herpes Simplex Virus 2
HSV-2 infection is almost exclusively transmitted through sexual contact, causing herpes normally in the genital area. HSV-2 is the primary form of genital herpes. There is no cure for genital herpes and of the infected, more are women than men. In 2012 it was estimated that 267 million women and 150 million men were living with the infection.
Genital herpes infections often do not have symptoms or have mild symptoms that go unnoticed. Most infected people are completely unaware that they are infected. Approximately 10-20% of people infected with HSV-2 report a past diagnosis of genital herpes. Meaning 80-90% are unaware.
Symptoms of genital herpes from HSV-2 are:
After initial infection, symptoms are common but less severe than with the first outbreak. The frequency of outbreaks tends to decrease over time. You can get tested for HSV-2 with a blood test. Having HSV-2 makes likelihood of contracting HIV increase.
CBD is a known as an effective in lessening outbreaks of HSV; however, THC is not legal in much of the world. Anecdotal claims that CBD too is able to alleviate herpes symptoms are plentiful, but further study is necessary. There are also conventional antiviral medications and suppressive therapy.
If you would like to try CBD to treat herpes in unison with antiviral medication or suppressive therapy. ask your doctor or medical professional. Suppressive therapy is able to reduce frequency of genital herpes outbreaks by 70-80% in patients with frequent outbreaks. CBD has little to no side effects, so it is low risk, if you live in a state or country it is legal to attain.