Herpes Research Paper

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Genital Herpes Herpes Infection Genital herpes is a virus that is sexually transmitted. There are two types Herpes Simplex Virus type 1(HSV-1) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2). The HSV-1 can be transmitted orally, and typically causes oral blisters or cold sores on the lips. The HSV-2 type is the one that is sexually transmitted and produces Genital Herpes lesions. There is emerging data to suggest that HSV-1 is also responsible for some cases of herpes lesion in the perianal area. The virus can remain dormant in the body, and cause periodic eruptions. This is not a curable disease; therefore patients have the potential for exacerbations, and transmitting the virus. The risk factors for Genital Herpes are common to all sexually…show more content…
Many patients may have a prodromal phase of malaise, fever, and flu like symptoms. Herpes lesions often grouped together along a sensory nerve tract. They appear as fluid filled vesicles on a tender, red base. The intitial outbreak is usually the most severe, and the most painful. The lesions create inflammation, which may be accompanied by enlarged regional lymph nodes, dysuria, and vaginal discharge. The ability of the HSV to remain dormant and then be triggered by stress, illness or fatigue presents the patient and health care provider with a chronic health…show more content…
Acyclovir 400 mg PO three times a day, Famiclovir 250 mg PO three times a day, or Valacyclovir 1 gm PO twice a day. • For recurrent exacerbations it is recommended to prescribe Acyclovir 400 mg orally, three times a day for five days, Famciclovir 125 mg orally twice a day for five days, or Valacyclovir 500 mg orally twice a day for three days. To suppress or prevent an outbreak it is recommended that Acyclovir 400 mg orally twice a day, Famciclovir 250 mg orally twice a day, or Valacyclovir 500 mg orally once a day. Significance During our first clinical rotation we treated several young females for STD’s. One of the patients was twenty four years old, and had been treated in the Urgent Care five times over the previous year with HSV-2. She did not understand that the suppressive medication was prescribed to be taken to prevent the outbreaks. The young girl had adequate insurance and was advised to seek the care of a dedicated Gynecological provider after the first

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