HSV-1 Transmission


Author: SK

In this dynamic world, various new diseases emerge that result from scientists’ or other viruses’ evolution. One such deadly disease that has taken over a large number of lives is the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). This disease is quite common but can be transferred from one person to another as it is highly contagious. The HSV-1 transmission usually takes place in humans during their childhood and then lives with them throughout their whole life. (HSV-1) mostly lives around the mouth, known as labial, but it can also target the genital area.

The HSV-1 Transmission During 2016

According to statistics, about 3.7 billion people below the age of 50 had this infection in 2016.  The country that was the most affected by this disease was Africa. The country least affected by this was the United States of America.
This virus affected about 192 million, ageing 15 to 49 years old, worldwide in 2016.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type 1?

Most people who have been infected by this virus orally are not aware until they start to experience severe outbreaks. The main signs of the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) oral infection is blisters on or around the mouth called ulcers. Similarly, cold sores are those sores that occur around the mouth. When infected, people experience severe itching and burning around parts of their mouth. This usually happens before the sores appear in the mouth or on the lips. The herpes infection around the genitals has typical symptoms that many people are unaware of. There could be the growth of blisters or ulcers around the genitals and the anal area. These symptoms may occur again and get more brutal over time.

How Does HSV-1 Transmit from One Person to Another?

The (HSV-1) infection transfers through the sores and saliva of a person when they have oral contact with another person. Also, oral or genital HSV-1 transmission can be done when two people are having oral or genital contact with each other. The risk of the transmissions of this virus is the highest when the sores appear on the genitals or the lips of the infected person and they make contact with another person. HSV-1 rarely transmits to infants from mothers during birth. However, some kids may contract it from their parents.

The Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) transmission is done at a rapid speeds, so consult a doctor as soon as you experience a symptom of it.

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