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 ...
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.
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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