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...
The term, persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) refers to a problem only recently identified, but which appears to affect many more women than first envisaged. Since first being described by psychiatrist Professor R. Leiblum in 2001, PGAD has attracted the attention of many hundreds of women many of whom express huge relief at finally having their situation recognized.
Originally called "persistent sexual arousal syndrome" (PSAS), Leiblum now believes the ‘sexual syndrome' element is inaccurate because the problem is not sexual so much as it is an issue of unremitting genital sensations that have no particular cause and which extend over long periods of time.
But is there a difference between say being a nymphomaniac or saying you have PGAD? Yes, says Leiblum, who points out that so-called nymphomaniacs always identify sexual thoughts or fantasies and who experience sexual excitement. This is not the case with PGAD, which is described as an uncomfortable, unwe...
If you've been diagnosed with genital herpes, your inclination may be to write off every itchy, burning sensation, every lesion on the genitals as a herpes symptom. And while often times the symptoms do indicate herpes, this isn't always the case. Like everyone else, people with herpes can get yeast infections, bacterial infections, molluscum contagiousum, scabies, genital warts, gonorrhea, Chlamydia and urinary tract infections. Here's what to look for when determining whether or not your breakouts/ skin irritations are a result of herpes or another infection: A cheesy, thick white discharge that's itchy or irritating in a woman may be a yeast infection. Copious frothy white or greenish vaginal discharge that has a fishy odor may be the STD Trichomonas. Other vaginal discharge can signal a variety of bacterial infections that need to be diagnosed and treated with the appropriate antibiotic. Postmenopausal women can have a variety of beni...
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