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Genital Herpes

Get the latest expert information, news, and patient insight on living with and management genital herpes, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, how to prevent transmission, mental health struggles, and more.

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Symptoms

What’s the Difference Between The Herpes Viruses?

Is a cold sore the same virus as genital herpes? Can you get HSV-1 and HSV-2 genitally? Get the answers to these and other herpes questions.

The Latest

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Healthy Conversations

How to Tell Your Partner You Have Herpes

Take it from someone who’s been there: Disclosing your STI status can be scary, but doing it has tons of advantages.

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Prevention

Can You Get Herpes From...? Your Questions Answered

First of all, don’t panic. Learn just how the herpes virus is transmitted and whether you’re at risk from things like toilet seats and towels.

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Prevention

The Herpes Viruses are Getting Smarter

Find out what it means for prevention and treatment.

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Second Opinion

Afraid to Tell Your Partner About Your STI? Here’s Why It’s Important to Do It Anyway

Talking to your significant other or sex partner about sexually transmitted infections can be downright scary, but disclosing your status is crucial, according to herpes activists — here’s why.

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Living With

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health After a Herpes Diagnosis

A genital herpes diagnosis can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety — among other struggles. Here’s how to combat the stigma and take care of your mental health.

Highs & Lows

Highs and Lows: My Best and Worst Genital Herpes Moments

"What I once viewed as a near-death sentence to my love life and identity transformed into a sense of purpose that still guides me today."

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Risk Factors

The Link Between Herpes and Alzheimer’s: What You Should Know

Alzheimer's and the herpes virus may seem like unlikely partners, but they may have more in common than scientists once thought.

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Prevention

How to Navigate Oral Sex With HSV-1 and HSV-2

If someone with a cold sore performs oral sex on a partner, can the partner get genital herpes? Get the answer this and other oral herpes questions here.

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Diagnosis

Genital Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but it can be managed. Here’s what you need to know.

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Symptoms

Is It Genital Herpes or a Yeast Infection?

Not sure what symptoms “down there” could be? Here’s how these two infections differ.

Meet the Experts

Emily Depasse
Patient Expert

Emily Depasse is currently working on her MSW and MEd Human Sexuality. Her research interests include sexually transmitted infections, specifically genital herpes, and the role that female body image plays in shaping sexual experiences.

Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.
Health Professional

Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D., LCCE, CLC, AdvCD(DONA) is a childbirth educator, doula, founder of Childbirth.org, and author.

Eileen Bailey
Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.