Who Is At Risk For Herpes Simplex 2?
Generall speaking, females have a higher chance of having genital herpes than males. Having more than one sexual partner increases your risk for coming in contact with the disease.
Other things can increase your risk of contracting HSV-2 such as not using a condom or proper protection (dental dam) during vaginal, anal or oral intercourse.
The higher the number of sexual partners you have and the earlier you started having sex will both increase your likelihood of being infected with genital herpes.
Unborn infants who's mothers are infected with genital herpes are at risk for contracting the disease during childbirth.
Individuals with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk for contracting the disease.
Complications Of Genital Herpes
Genital herpes can damage an immune system and there are a number of associated complications to the disease like:
Other STDs - Being infected with HSV-2 puts you at a higher risk of contracting Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections.
Bladder Issues - Genital Herpes infections can affect the bladder and internal organs, sometimes resulting in complete blockage and inability to urinate.
Bacterial Meningitis - Rarely a genital herpes infection can lead to infections in the brain, causing serious damage.
Rectal Inflammation - Or rectal proctitis, occurs when a genital herpes outbreak happens on the lining of the anus. This symptom can be incredibly painful.
Genital herpes sores can be severe enough that hospitalization is required. The herpes infection can travel through the blood stream and cause damage in the brain, as well as in the eyes. In rare cases an untreated herpes simplex 2 infection could lead to total blindless.