HPV vs. Herpes

Difference between HPV and Herpes

Both Herpes and HPV are sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Most STDs, including Human papillomavirus virus (HPV) and Herpes, are not only embarrassing to contract but also very painful. It is important to note that contracting any of the STD is not a sign of promiscuity as even those engaging in safe sex with a single partner are in danger of getting them. However, using a condom with each sex act is a good way to protect one self from STDs. It is very hard to tell off which of the two diseases a person is infected with by their symptoms because they have very similar symptoms. However, to be able to get the appropriate treatment, the patient will need to tell which of the two they are suffering form.

HPV is a more common but less severe sexually transmitted disease. The disease is also easy to treat than is herpes and with the right medication, any signs of ever having contracted the disease   can be completely erased. The disease is more common in America than in any other country in the world with more tan one million people contracting the disease globally.

There are more than 40 known variants of HPV. The symptoms of HPV include anal warts, genital warts, cervical and cancer also cancer of the penis and also miscarriages. The disease enters the body through exchange of body fluids either through sexual intercourse, the mouth, and anus or through open wounds. The disease has an incubation of up to one year or even longer after which the symptoms become evident. The available vaccines for the disease are Gardasil and Cevarix both of which are available to the public for prevention.

Herpes takes the oral and genital form. Oral herpes is caused by the Herpes simplex virus. The symptom of the disease includes Sores and blisters in the mouth. The genital herpes also cause d by the simplex virus is more painful and embarrassing. They ways of transmission include through the genitals or open wounds around the genitals through which an infected partner’s body fluid enter the uninfected person. The initial sign of the disease are blisters around the genitals that quickly go away and cheat the person that they have no problem. When the disease goes dormant, the virus multiplies and goes to the sensory nerves then the blisters return permanently after a few months or years. The disease can be spread when the puss from these   blisters get into a healthy person’s body.

There is no existing cure for herpes but the disease can be avoided by safe sexual habits and proper use of condoms when having sexual intercourse.