Of the most commonly experienced sexually transmitted viral infections, genital herpes is one of them. This viral infection is caused by the herpes simplex virus, a strain of the herpes virus. This viral STI affects both men and women who are sexually active and are between 20 to 24 years old. Sexually transmitted infections such as these can be contracted through unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing sex toys with an infected partner and having multiple sex partners or frequently changing your sex partners. This infection is known to commonly affect men and women who are between 20 to 24 years old.
You can experience the symptoms of genital herpes within just four or five days of contracting the infection. Some of the people who contract this infection can also experience the symptoms after a week, a month or even after a year. The main characteristic of this infection is that the viral STI remains dormant for a major portion of the time period, and is active for a short period of time. If you experience symptoms such as fluid filled blisters around your mouth, genitals, thighs and anus, you should take the genital herpes test, which can show whether you have contracted the infection or not.
How can genital herpes be treated?
If the test results are positive, it indicates that you have contracted the infection and that you should seek medical assistance immediately. Being a viral infection, genital herpes cannot be cured completely, but can be treated with the help of antiviral medications such as Aciclovir. It is the most common and popularly used antiviral medication for the treatment of this viral STI. Aciclovir is usually prescribed to patients who are experiencing a herpes outbreak for the very first time. This pill is available in the dosage strength of 200 mg, which you can buy on prescription through online registered clinics.
You are generally required to take this pill five times a day, for up to five days. The pill works by preventing the herpes cells from duplicating and multiplying. When this function of the herpes cells is inhibited, they are unable to spread further into your body. Aciclovir also provides your body’s natural defences with enough strength to fight off the infection on its own. You should start taking the medication as soon as you experience symptoms such as tingling, bursting and blisters. If the drug is taken at an early stage of the outbreak, it can significantly reduce the period for which you can experience the symptoms.
Aciclovir also helps in reducing the pain and discomfort that you can experience of the genital herpes symptoms. This pill is generally well-tolerated by users, but some are likely to experience side effects of the pill. These side effects include pain in your lower back, urinating less than usual or not at all, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, headache, feeling of light headedness, allergic reactions, changes in behaviour, fatigue, stomach upset and swelling in your hands or feet. Aciclovir can also lead to severe side effects by interacting with other drugs that you might be taking.