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.
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Symptoms

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

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Cause

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

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Testing

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