Genital Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in Australia. Although it is not a disease that causes important number deaths in the country, it is a condition that affects the population due to bad practices during sexual contact.

In Australia as in any other part of the world you can find two types of genital Herpes (herpes simplex virus), the first is the most commonly detected HSV1. This first type of herpes affects the labial (mouth) area of people. The second type of herpes is that it directly affects the genitals of those infected, especially the anal area.

Genital hepres - symptoms and treatment

How many people suffer from genital herpes in Australia?

Usually women are the most affected by genital herpes in Australia. Women become infected more frequently because the man is guilty of infecting several women when he has multiple sexual partners.

According to the most recent studies at, the department of health, and the statistics of the queensland government it is estimated that one of eight people in Australia has genital herpes. But the numbers are more alarming, since the reports also indicate that 80% of the country’s adult population are carriers of the most common type of herpes (HSV1).

How can I get genital herpes?

This type of virus in some people does not present any type of symptoms, therefore the person who is not infected does not realize when in contact with a person carrying genital herpes.

  • The most common form of transmission of this virus is sexual contact. Oral sex is the most common way to get genital herpes. In this case the virus enters the body through the gums of the healthy person. It is also possible for the person to have skin-to-skin contact with the infected person.
  • The other ways to get genital herpes are through more direct sexual contact with vaginal or anal penetration. But if the person infected with the virus has visible lesions in the genital area, that will be enough to infect the healthy person, since contact between infected skin and healthy skin is one of the ways to become infected with genital herpes.

How to know if I am infected with genital herpes?

Infected people do not usually show symptoms immediately. But if you know that you had some type of contact with an infected person, it is best to go to the hospital and wait for a doctor to recommend some kind of antiviral medicine for genital herpes during the first 72 hours.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Ulcers in genital areas with much itching
  • Redness near the lips
  • Pain in genital areas between the scrotum and the anus.

The symptoms do not affect the personal performance of the infected person, but the skin lesions cause psychological damage and the person does not like other people to notice that they have genital herpes, especially if it is the type of HSV1 virus that affects the face area (mouth).

Are there treatments for genital herpes?

The first treatment that every person should do to avoid getting the virus is prevention. The most advisable is to use condom during all sexual contact, especially if it is with a person who is not very frequent for sexual contact. In addition, healthy people should avoid kissing people with visible injuries caused by HSV1 at all costs.

The treatments for this virus are focused to avoid the pain of wounds and injuries caused by genital herpes. Doctors recommend things like salt baths several times a day, use hot water to clean the affected areas. In addition to other medications that help avoid the pain of sores caused by herpes.

Is there a cure for genital herpes?

There is no permanent cure for both types of herpes. This virus can remain inactive in the person throughout his life and the symptoms appear from time to time for small or long terms.

The medications are effective when the infected person takes them on the recommendation of a doctor specializing in genital herpes. Most hospitals offer the full treatment service for people infected with this virus.

Drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen are the most common to treat pain caused by genital herpes, but these drugs do not help to cure the person who is infected with the virus. Antivirals such as acyclovir, famciclovir, are helpers to combat herpes in terms of the number of skin injuries that an infected person can present. Skin lesions decrease considerably with the help of antivirals.