What is Genital Herpes?

STD caused by two types of viruses; herpes simplex type 1 & herpes simplex type 2.

  • Type 1 herpes usually appears as cold sores around the mouth and lips.
  • Type 2 herpes creates blisters and sores within the genital areas.

5 Facts You Should Know

  • Avoid Sexual Contact During Visible Outbreaks
    Itching or pain around the groin may indicate when an outbreak is occurring.
  • Consider a Herpes Test
    Anyone who is concerned about the disease should consider getting tested.
  • Know how Herpes Spreads
    You can catch herpes through oral sex or intercourse, as well as skin-to-skin contact where the virus sheds.
  • Use Condoms Wisely
    Condoms can cut the risk of transmitting herpes by half.
  • Understand that Herpes is not Inevitable
    Using condoms, avoiding sexual contact during outbreaks, and taking special medications can significantly reduce the risk of transmission.


Sores usually appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth.
The blisters break and leave painful sores.



Vaginal, anal, or oral sexual intercourse with someone who has the disease.



Tests used to diagnose or screen for genital herpes include: PCR blood test: The PCR blood test can tell if you have genital herpes even if you don’t have symptoms.

Things to remember
  • Those infected with herpes can use medication to treat their symptoms
  • The infection can stay in the body for the rest of your life
  • The number of outbreaks tends to decrease over a period of years