Genital Herpes

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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

5 Ways to Manage Genital Herpes

If you have recently been diagnosed with genital herpes, try these tips to make the condition more manageable.

By Allison Bush

What Does Genital HSV-1 Look Like?

A reader writes to ask about some new symptoms he is experiencing.

Why Am I Suddenly Having More Frequent Outbreaks?

After your herpes outbreaks have seemed to decrease in frequency, why might they start becoming more frequent again?

Can Herpes Cause Painful Urination?

Stinging and burning during urination is, unfortunately, a common symptom of genital herpes.

How Can I Prevent Outbreaks Without Medication?

A reader writes: “I don’t have insurance right now. How else can I deal with outbreaks?”

Can You Get Herpes By Sharing Someone's Drink?

Is it possible to transmit the herpes virus simply by sharing a drink with the person who has it?

Can the Genital Herpes Virus Be Found in Saliva?

A reader writes: “If I kiss someone who has genital herpes, is that virus also in their saliva?”

How Can I Prevent Transmission During Viral Shedding?

Is it possible to infect someone with the herpes virus without symptoms?

Can You Get Herpes Through French Kissing?

A reader asks HealthCentral whether herpes can be transmitted through kissing.