Maybe your partner (or ex) has just told you he/she has herpes. Or maybe you’ve recently noticed sores on your mouth or genitals. In any case, now might be a good time to get tested for herpes. Many people don’t realize that when they ask to be tested for all STDs, typically the doctor will test you for everything BUT herpes. Why is that? It seems pretty silly to me, especially given the large number of people who apparently carry the disease but do not know it, and the fact that those are the people who are probably most often spreading the disease. My guess is that the test is expensive, and when it comes to health care in the US, the bottom line of a corporation is almost always more important than the well-being of a citizen. Or maybe it’s because for a long time there was no test that determined which type of herpes one had.
Because the majority of people in the US have at least been exposed to herpes type...
Definition A male genital sore is any sore or lesion that appears on the penis, scrotum, or male urethra. Alternative Names Sores - male genitals; Ulcers - male genitals Considerations Symptoms may include itching , painful urination , drainage from the penis, or pain at the site of the sore. There may be one or many sores. They may also be found elsewhere on the body (such as the mouth and throat). Common Causes Sores or lesions on the male genitalia have many causes. Often, the lesions of most concern are those seen with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). For example, genital herpes simplex , syphilis , chancroid , granuloma inguinale , and lymphogranuloma venereum are all associated with ulcers on the genitals. Other lesions in this area may be caused by venereal warts , molluscum contagiosum , allergic reactions, Behcet's disease, and non-sexually transmitted diseases.
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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