Genital Herpes

The gift that keeps on giving

What is Genital Herpes?

A disease characterized by blisters or sores in the genital area, caused by a variety of the herpes simplex virus.

How do you get Genital Herpes?

  • Skin to skin contact
  • Oral sex
  • Anal sex
  • Vaginal sex

Symptoms of Genital Herpes

  • Cracked, raw, or red areas around your genitals without pain or itching
  • Itching or tingling around your genitals or your anal region
  • Small blisters that break open and cause painful sores.
  • Pain from urine passing over the sores -- this is especially a problem in women.
  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Flu-like symptoms, including fever, swollen glands, and fatigue.

Treatment

There is not an official cure for Genital Herpes. There are several different treatment options though, reducing the sores.

Myths

Myth #1- You can get genital herpes from a toilet seat. Genital herpes is a very weak virus when exposed to air. There have been no proven cases of someone getting genital herpes from a toilet seat.

Myth #2- You can't have children because you will give them the virus. You can still have healthy children. If the mother has sores present at the time of birth, a c-section will be performed. If there aren't any symptoms, then it is likely that there will be no virus present in the birth canal.

Additional Facts

- Genital Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S.