Herpes was documented as sores that crept over the body by the ancient Greeks. Vidal discovered how herpes was spread and documented all its symptoms in 1873.
Herpes is transmitted through shared utensils, shared lip balm, kissing, and sexual contact. No cure exists but it can be treated and prevented by the use of anti-viral drugs. Other prevention methods include not sharing items that touch the mouth and abstinence from sexual relations.
Simplexvirus causes 8 different diseases, HHV 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, and 8. HHV1 causes cold sores on or near the mouth. HHV2 causes cold sores on the genital regions. HHV3 causes chickenpox. HHV4 causes mononucleosis, or mono. HHV5 also causes mono. HHV6 causes roseola, a virus that causes fever and rashes in small children. HHV7 also causes roseola. HHV8 causes tumors and may also cause cancer.
Herpes does have a few benefits. One is that it can help prevent against bacterial infections. It also has caused multiple antiviral drugs to be developed. Finally, it has caused people to be more careful before engaging in sexual activity.
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