Genital herpes is a highly contagious infection usually spread through vaginal and anal intercourse. Learn more from WebMD about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this sexually transmitted disease.
Genital herpes symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. Most people never have any symptoms or ones that are so mild they may not recognize them, although some people develop painful and bothersome symptoms.
Herpes testing is done to detect the presence of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). An HSV infection can cause small, painful blisterlike sores of the skin or the tissue lining (mucous membranes) of the throat, nose, mouth, urethra, rectum, and vagina.