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What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a disease caused by the herpes simplex
virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV. Type 1 (HSV-1) can
cause oral herpes -- an infection of the lips and mouth --
and genital herpes. The symptoms of oral herpes are
commonly known as "cold sores" or "fever blisters." In the
past, HSV-1 rarely caused genital herpes, but that is
changing, especially among people who began having sex at a
young age. Still, in most cases genital herpes is caused by
the second type of herpes virus (HSV-2).
How is herpes spread?
HSV-1 is usually passed from person to person by kissing.
HSV-1 can also spread from the mouth to the genitals during
oral sex (fellatio, cunnilingus, analingus). If this
happens, it becomes a case of genital herpes. HSV-2 is
usually transmitted by vaginal sex and anal sex. But just
as HSV-1 can infect the genitals and cause genital herpes,
HSV-2 can pass from one person's genitals to another
person's mouth, resulting in oral herpes.
HSV-2 cannot survive long on a non-living surface, so there
is no real risk of getting it from a toilet seat or hot
tub, for example.
What Is AIDS?
AIDS is short for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS
is a disease that slowly destroys the body's immune system.
Without these important defenses, a person with AIDS can't
fight off germs and cancers.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It kills an important
kind of blood cell -- the CD4 T lymphocyte, or T cell.
These T cells are the quarterbacks of the immune system. As
they die off, the body becomes more and more vulnerable to
other diseases. Germs take this opportunity to invade the
body. The diseases they cause are called opportunistic
infections (OIs for short). When people with HIV get these
infections -- or when their CD4 T-cell levels get too low --
they have AIDS.
Usually it takes many years for HIV to weaken the body's
immune system to the point of AIDS. Anti-HIV drugs help
prevent this. Even when a person already has AIDS, the
drugs can help a person get better.
Anti-HIV drugs let many people with HIV infection live
healthy lives. Combinations of these powerful medicines
work very well, but they often have serious side effects,
such as vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue. And people with
HIV have to keep taking these drugs every day for the rest
of their lives. Ask anyone who's taking these "drug
cocktails" -- it's best to avoid getting HIV in the first
AIDS is a worldwide epidemic. Most cases are in Africa, but
the disease is spreading most rapidly in Eastern Europe and
Asia. Even if a cure were found tomorrow, AIDS will be the
most deadly disease ever to plague mankind.