Once infected with a herpes virus you’ll have this infection for life. Your body becomes a permanent host. Nourishing this virus without a cure.
Although your herpes infection is incurable, it’s not always active. Herpes virus is notorious for being inactive (latent) in peripheral nerve cells. So hidden that you may never know you’ve been infected.
When activated, your herpes virus makes a move into mucus producing outer skin cells or lymphocytes. When active, your herpes infection is a contagious infectious disease. Causing symptoms and capable of being spread about.
Non latent herpes thrives in warm, moist environments. You’ll know it’s active by its telltale fluid filled blisters full of the herpes virus.
Herpes is contagious when blisters are present. Dry the infectious disease area and those skin surface herpes virus die.
- herpesvirus 8 ~ Kaposi sarcoma
- herpes simplex 1 ~ oral herpes
- herpes simplex 2 ~ genital herpes
- herpes virus 6 & 7 ~ roseola (measles)
- varicella-zoster ~ chickenpox & shingles
- Epstein-Barr ~ infectious mononucleosis
Herpes simplex fall under the STD category as well.
Herpes viruses may live latent in you for years without causing symptoms. And then be activated and cause a contagious infectious disease. Recurrent infections usually resolve more rapidly than your initial infectious event.
A couple of factors believed to trigger recurrence include:
Theorized these situations cause immune suppression that lead to virus proliferation in your nerve cell.
At least one of the herpes viruses have infected most of the middle aged population. And some are more disturbing to overall health than others.