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.

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.

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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.

By Stephanie Stephens

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.

By Emily Depasse

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.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Is It Genital Herpes or a Yeast Infection?

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

By Eileen Bailey

Herpes Treatments: What Works, What Doesn't?

Alternative remedies for herpes management may sound tempting, but does the science really back them up?

By Emily Depasse

Masturbation After Herpes Diagnosis: How to Get Back to Self-Love

A herpes diagnosis can make you feel disconnected from your body and your sexuality. Here are some strategies to help.

By Emily Depasse

4 Steps to a Hopeful Future With Herpes

Is the stigma of herpes making it hard to focus on your goals for the future? These four steps can help you stay positive.

By Emily Depasse

Have You Just Been Diagnosed with Herpes? Read This

From someone who has been there, this is what it’s like to find out you have genital herpes.

By Emily Depasse

STD vs. STI: Is There a Difference?

The terms “sexually transmitted disease” and “sexually transmitted infection” are often used interchangeably. But do they really mean the same thing?

By Emily Depasse

How I Found the Positives in a Positive Herpes Diagnosis

A positive genital herpes diagnosis can be the beginning of a new adventure if we shift our perspective.

By Emily Depasse

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.

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.