Genital Herpes

Caused by the herpes simplex virus’s type 1 and type 2. There is no cure for herpes, but there is an antiviral medication that can shorten and prevent outbreaks. The difference between the two goes as follows: Herpes Type 1 – Commonly causes infection of the lips and mouth also called fever blisters. Infections of the genitals are caused by either oral to genitals or genitals to genitals. Herpes Type 2 – A person can only get infected during sexual contact with someone who has HSV-2. The infected partner can transmit HSV-2 to their partner with no visible sores and may not even know they are infected. Diagnosing herpes can only be done by your health care provider by visually inspecting a breakout and by taking a swab sample from a sore and sending it to a lab. Many people have minimal to no symptoms or signs of the virus. Typically, blisters will occur around the genitals or rectum within two weeks of being infected. Blisters will break and tender sores/ulcers will appear; typically takes 2-4 weeks to heal the first time they occur. The next break out may not occur for weeks or months, but when it does it is usually shorter and less severe than the first outbreak.

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