Herpes

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Define herpes
A common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. It's a chronic condition -> virus remains in the body and can become active again.
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How is herpes usually transmitted?
During unprotected sex with an infected person.
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What causes the virus to spread from person to person?
Sharing sex toys, sex when blistering/ symptoms are present.
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Give 5 possible reoccurrence triggers
Friction during sex, being unwell, stress, drinking too much alcohol, exposure to UV light eg. sunbeds
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Give 5 symptoms of the primary infection of herpes
Painful red blisters that burst leaving open sores, blisters and ulcers on the cervix, pain when urinating, abnormal vaginal discharge , high temperature
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Up to how many days can the symptoms last for?
20 days.
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Give 3 risk factors for a person to contract herpes
Had an STI before; started having sex at a young age; having unprotected sex with many partners
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Give 3 symptoms of a reoccurring outbeak
Tingling, burning or itching before blisters appear; painful red blisters that burst; blisters & ulcers on the cervix
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Why are reoccurring outbreaks less severe
The body has bade antibodies against the virus
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How would you treat the primary infection of herpes
Taking a course of antiviral tablets (5 times a day) the patient will need to take the tablets for at least 5 days or longer if the symptoms persist. An anaesthetic cream will be used for the sores and they may take paracetamol for pain relief
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Give 4 ways of managing (living with) herpes
Avoiding having sex, kissing and sharing sex toys; always wearing a condom, having your partner tested and avoiding sharing towels and flannels.
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Give 3 physical impacts of having herpes
Blisters leave the skin open to infection; virus can spread to areas such as brain, lungs & eyes, could be passed to a baby during breath.
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Give 2 intellectual impacts of having herpes
Distracted at work/ school because they're worried about the results; become educated about sexual health.
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Give 3 emotional impacts of having herpes
Embarassed due to fear of stigma, Emotional strain on past/ current relationships with partners, upset
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Give 3 social impacts of having herpes
Will have to abstain from sex while waiting for test results, issues with partners because they have to contact them, may isolate themselves because they're embarassed
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Give 3 financial impacts of having herpes
May have to take time off work to go to the clinic, Cost of antibiotics and prescription
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How is herpes usually transmitted?

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During unprotected sex with an infected person.

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What causes the virus to spread from person to person?

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Give 5 possible reoccurrence triggers

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Give 5 symptoms of the primary infection of herpes

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