Definition Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection affecting the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals. Alternative Names Herpes - genital; Herpes simplex - genital; Herpesvirus 2; HSV-2 Causes, incidence, and risk factors Genital herpes is caused by two viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) causes most cases of genital herpes. HSV-2 can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) most often causes herpes infections of the mouth and lips (commonly called cold sores or fever blisters). HSV-1 can spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is spread from one person to another during sexual contact. You may be infected with herpes when your skin, vagina, penis, or mouth comes into contact with someone who already has herpes. Herpes is most likely to be transmitted by contact with the skin of an infected person who ...
<p><strong>What Is Genital Herpes?</strong></p>
<p>Genital herpes is a viral infection characterized by outbreaks of painful sores on the genitals. Most often it spreads through sexual contact. Once infected, a person carries the virus permanently in a latent form in the nerve cells; there is no cure. An initial attack and any recurrences generally last from one to three weeks, after which the infection may go into remission for months or years. Subsequent attacks tend to be less severe, and in about one-third of cases, permanent remission follows the initial outbreak.</p>
<p>Most people with genital herpes have no symptoms. In about one third of those who develop clinical symptoms, permanent remission occurs after the initial attack, most likely due to the ability of the body’s immune system to contain the virus. The remaining two thirds of people with symptoms will suffer additional outbreaks at unpredictable intervals. The first...
Wondering if you should be
tested for herpes? Well, it's a
controversial question, but here's a partial list of those who might be a good
candidate for the blood test.
1. First of all, if you are asking the question, you should get the
test. Put those concerns to rest.
2. If you've had any sexual
partners in the past and you wonder if you may have gotten herpes without
3. If you've had a partner in
the past who has herpes, you might want to be tested to be sure you don't have
4. If you are currently in a
relationship with a partner who has genital herpes and you are wondering how to
reduce the risk of transmission, your first logical step is to determine if YOU
HAVE ALREADY BEEN AFFECTED!! Why in the
world would you go through the trouble to reduce your risk of getting the infection
if you already have it!
5. Anyone who has been
diagnosed with herpes by a visual examination alone and wants confirmation...
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