What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the
herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes
is caused by HSV type 2.
Most people have no or minimal symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2
infection. When symptoms do occur, they usually appear as one or
more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters
break, leaving ulcers or tender sores that may take up to four
weeks to heal. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or
Although the infection can stay in the body forever, the number
of outbreaks usually decreases over a period of years. You can pass
genital herpes to someone else even when you experience no
How common is genital herpes?
About 45 million Americans, age 12 and older have genital
herpes. Its estimated that up to one million people become
infected each year. Genital Herpes (HSV-2) is more common in women
How can I get genital herpes?
Herpes is a virus that can be...
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The very first experience of genital herpes can be the most uncomfortable. Flare ups after this tend to be a lot milder and clear up more quickly. People experience different levels of discomfort but the most common complaints are stinging or itching around the genital or anal area. Sometimes fluid-filled blister appear which burst after a couple of days leaving a painful red sore. If urine touches the sores this can also be a cause of pain.
Some women experience very painful blisters in and around the labia, the clitoris, the vagina and cervix. A watery discharge may result, as may painful and difficult urination. It is estimated that around one in ten women get a vaginal yeast infection as a result of the primary herpes infection.
Up to forty percent of men experience a discharge from the penis. Some men also experience swelling and pain around the groin and pelvis area. This is due to swelling of lymph glands. Men tend not to experience painful urination.
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