Genital Herpes

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Genital herpes are blisters and sores that developed from an infection caused by a virus.

How Do You Get It

Herpes can be passed through skin-to-skin contact with the infected areas, whether or not the person has visible sores or other symptoms.

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Once you contract herpes, the virus is always present in the body, and it can be passed on by oral, vaginal, or anal sex.

Oral herpes is an infection that causes blisters on the lips, mouth, or gums, which can be passed from the mouth to the genital area when engaging in oral sex, and vice versa—genital herpes can also be passed on from the genitals to the mouth, and cause oral herpes.

What Are The Symptoms

Sometimes people may have no symptoms at all, but a lot of those with herpes get blisters or sores on their lips, inside the mouth, or on/inside the vagina, penis, thighs, or buttocks.

The development of these blisters and sores are different for everyone—they can appear just once, or they can be multiple “outbreaks” over a person’s lifetime.

How To Test For It

If you have sores or blisters that you think are caused by herpes, consult your doctor immediately. They may decide to take a swab sample from an open sore, or take a blood sample to test for herpes if you don’t have symptoms—although the results are not always definite.

How To Get Rid Of It

Once you contract herpes, the virus stays with you for your entire lifetime. There are medicines that can help the sores heal quicker, lessen the frequency and discomfort of the outbreaks, and lower your partner’s risk of getting herpes from you if you take the medicines everyday.

Abstain from sex if you or your partner is having an outbreak of open sores or blisters. Keep in mind that herpes can still be contagious even before the open sore appears, which is why using a condom is important in preventing from getting or spreading the infection.



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