Over Half a Billion People Now Have Herpes!
It’s true. More than 500 million people have been infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 and there are almost 24 million new cases occurring each year. Data from the World Health Organization goes on to conclude the startling results that 16% of people on earth aged from 15 to 49 now have herpes simplex type 2 virus. That’s 532 million people and those findings were as of 2003.
Like a few of the common STDs out there, most people with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) don’t know they’re infected and have no noticeable symptoms. In part explaining it’s proliferation and exacerbating the problem further.
Our 'At Home Herpes test' kit includes a test for both HSV-1 and HSV-2 and is a rapid direct binding test for the detection of HSV 1/2 antigen in both men & women. It is a blood test for herpes, using a small blood specimen taken by sterile lancet pricking the thumb or finger. This is then used in the diagnosis of HSV-1 and HSV-2 Infection with the latest in colloidal gold technology. A sample is deposited into a test well where a colored band will appear to indicate whether there is a positive or negative result.
The 'At Home Herpes Test' comes complete with everything you need and simple step by step instructions which are delivered to your door in plain packaging, so you can rest assured you will have results of your test within 15 minutes of commencing the testing procedure and the results being private are free of embarrassment.
At Home Herpes Test Kit Details:
• ISO13485 registered diagnostic device!
• Confidential results in 15 minutes!
• Easy-to-read color band signal with built-in test control!
• Three simple steps testing procedure for both men and women!
• Laboratory accurate: Colloidal gold technology!
• No Additional Instrumentation Required!
What is Herpes?
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are common the world over. This includes HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is the most common cause of infection on the mouth and lips which are usually identified as cold sores or fever blisters. It can also cause genital herpes but it is HSV-2 which is the main cause of this. Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2. When they do occur, they typically appear as blisters in the vicinity of the genital area and rectum. The blisters eventually break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) and can take up to four weeks to heal the first time of occurrence. However in the event of a probable second outbreak, it is almost always shorter in duration and never as severe as the first. Our blood test for herpes provides herpes testing for each strain of virus can determine whether a person has been exposed to either virus or not.
Our 'At Home Herpes test' is a dual blood test kit for both HSV-1 and HSV-2.
What is the difference between HSV-1 and HSV-2?
The only major difference between HSV-1 and HSV-2 is their site of preference. HSV-1 tends to ‘prefer’ to reside near the mouth and face and HSV-2 prefers to reside near the genital area. It is important to know that both can be found either place and could be spread both ways.
Another difference worth mentioning is the social stigma factor. When a person has cold sores, it is generally not a big deal, however when it occurs on the genitals studies suggest that this can be a source of great embarrassment and social stigma for the recipient of the virus when it is essentially the same virus at different ends of the body.
Another difference is how widespread they are. HSV-1 is extremely common. As many as 90% of all American adults have been exposed to HSV-1. Other studies have shown that by adolescence over 60% of Americans have been exposed. In the UK the figures are a little lower, by age 15 around 25% of the population and by age 30 50% of the population have been exposed to HSV-1. As for HSV-2 about 25% of all sexually active people have been infected. Country wide this is supposed to account for approximately 3-10% of all people. In the United States these figures are higher once more. Estimates show that around 20-30% of Americans have been infected.
Since it is easier for women to contract HSV-2 it is more common in women. It is important to note that transmission is easier from male to female than from female to male.
Is there a cure?
Not at this stage unfortunately. Once infected, outbreaks are likely to come back. However, some people may never have another outbreak again. It all depends on the immunity a person builds up to the virus. In between outbreaks the virus simply lays dormant. It could be compared to chickenpox in a sense. Chickenpox will lay dormant in the body after a person is infected however the comparison ends there as it rarely returns as an outbreak and if it does it is commonly called shingles.
What are the symptoms?
HSV-2 is spread via sexual contact. You could be infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2 and not show any symptoms. Quite often symptoms will be triggered by a weakened immune system, due to emotional stress, illness, fever, menstruation or even triggered by exposure to the sun. The virus will present itself as small blisters appearing on or around the genitals and could be accompanied by flu like symptoms. The first outbreak is usually the most severe and each time the outbreak returns it is usually less intense and the frequencies of further outbreaks are increasingly further apart.
Small, painful blisters filled with fluid around the lips or edge of the mouth
Tingling or burning around the mouth or nose, often a few days before blisters appear
Swollen lymph nodes in neck
Prognosis and Complications
Tingling sensation in the genitalia, buttocks, and thighs
Small red blisters or open sores on genitals or inner thighs; in women, often occur inside the vagina
May be painful or not
In women, vaginal discharge
Fever, muscle aches
Swollen lymph glands in the groin
The initial symptoms usually appear within 1-3 weeks of exposure to the virus and can last 1 to 2 weeks for cold sores and genital lesions.
Complications of herpes include:
Herpetic keratitis -- herpes infection of the eye leading to scarring within the cornea and possible blindness
Persistent herpes infection, without lesion-free periods
Herpes infection in the esophagus
Herpes infection of the liver which can lead to cirrhosis (liver failure)
Encephalitis and/or meningitis (serious brain infections)
Eczema herpetiform -- widespread herpes across the skin
How is Herpes spread?
HSV-1 is the most easily acquired herpes infection. Oral HSV-1 is so widespread because it is contagious enough to be spread simply from a social kiss. A child will have no immune defence against the virus and so are quite susceptible to the virus. This is why a great number of people have the virus by the time they are teenagers. It is spread through saliva. Therefore, kissing, sharing eating or drinking utensils or items such as a razor can spread the virus. Receiving oral sex from someone who has HSV-1 can cause you to contract the virus also.
HSV-2 is sexually transmitted. For infection to occur both HSV-1 and HSV-2 must get into the body through broken skin or a mucous membrane, such as inside the mouth or in the genital area. Both herpes viruses may cause genital infections and both can be contagious even if the infected person does not have active symptoms or visible blisters.
Most people infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection. Get tested with our blood test for herpes within the week, to find out if you have been exposed!
Is there a treatment for herpes?
There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication. In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.
How can herpes be prevented?
The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including genital herpes, is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
Genital ulcer diseases can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of genital herpes.
Persons with herpes should abstain from sexual activity with uninfected partners when lesions or other symptoms of herpes are present. It is important to know that even if a person does not have any symptoms he or she can still infect sex partners. Sex partners of infected persons should be advised that they may become infected and they should use condoms to reduce the risk. Sex partners can seek herpes testing to determine if they are infected with HSV. A positive HSV-2 blood test most likely indicates a genital herpes infection. If you or a partner is is suspected of contracting HSV-2, consider taking our blood test for herpes in the privacy of your home and know your health status.