Genital Herpes

Genital herpes


Genital herpes is caused by a virus called Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) which is the same family of viruses that cause cold sores. It is transmitted through sexual contact including unprotected oral sex. Some people carry the infection without any symptoms however others may develop recurrent symptoms. The first time you experience herpes we recommend treatment as soon as possible to speed up healing. Otherwise treatment for herpes is based on your symptoms.



Genital herpes causes single or multiple small blisters or sores which can be painful. Other symptoms may include burning when you pass urine or changes in vaginal discharge.



Testing for herpes is dependent on your symptoms and usually involves a swab.


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