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...
Recently I counseled a young woman who had herpes on how and what to tell her boyfriend of a few years about her condition. She was terrified. First of all, she had never sought treatment . Until recently, she had been in denial about her condition. Luckily, she was smart enough to always use condoms and she never had intercourse with him when she had an outbreak. However, she hadn't told him about her condition, and she wanted to. First I congratulated her on her decision to be honest with her sexual partner. That's a courageous thing to do. 1. Brush up on the facts. It is much easier to tell your partner about your condition if you have a solid base of knowledge. You'll be able to allay your partner's fears and correct any misinformation he or she may have. You might want to have a brochure or pamphlet on hand. 2. Set the tone. Pick a good time to talk. This is not a discussion for an intimate moment. ...
Recent studies suggest that 1 in 4 New Yorkers have genital herpes . Prior to this report, another study suggested that 1 in every 4 teens in America (between ages 14 and 19) has an STD. Clearly, with current levels of sexual awareness that we assume is actively present in the population - something is not connecting or resonating with the average New Yorker and teen, and probably the average person. Otherwise we'd have decreasing rather than increasing rates of herpes and STDS.
Let me first say that as a parent of a teen...and if you've read some of my earlier blogs, you know- kids and teens seem to be more worried about pregnancy (which actually has solutions) than about "catching herpes or an STD." Another thing I'm beginning to realize in general is that we all seem to think, "not me," or "one time can't possibly cause harm," or "I'm being generally careful," or some other intellectualization is happening, that we believe will somehow pro...
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