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Genital Herpes Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Genital Herpes

  1. Genital Herpes - Prevention

    Learn about measures you can take to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD).

  2. Genital Herpes - Symptoms

    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.

  3. Genital Herpes - Topic Overview

    If the herpes simplex virus (HSV) invades a part of the body other than the genital area, it may cause disease in that part of the body. In general, complications are rare. And they usually occur with the first-time (primary) genital herpes outbreak. Some of these complications include:Meningitis, an infection of the fluid (cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF) and tissues (meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord.Encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. This is usually the result of a viral infection.Inflammation of the lower spinal cord and surrounding nerves. This may result in an inability to urinate, loss of feeling and muscle strength in the legs, and constipation.Other areas of the body that can be infected with the herpes virus include:The lips (herpes labialis). These outbreaks are often called cold sores or fever blisters. They are usually mild but may be treated with antiviral medicines if they become severe or more frequent.The hands and fingers (herpetic whitlow).

  4. Genital Herpes - Treatment Overview

    The goal of treatment for genital herpes is to provide relief from the discomfort of herpes sores and to reduce the time it takes for an outbreak to heal.Initial treatmentMost people find some relief and recover more quickly from the first (primary) outbr

  5. Genital Herpes - Exams and Tests

    Genital herpes is usually diagnosed based on your medical history and a physical exam. Your health professional may ask you the following questions:Do you think you were exposed to genital herpes or another STD? How do you know? Did your partner tell you?

  6. Genital Herpes - Home Treatment

    Home treatment for genital herpes focuses on relieving symptoms, reducing the risk of recurrent outbreaks, and helping you cope with a lifelong condition.

  7. Genital Herpes - What Increases Your Risk

    Factors that increase your risk of getting genital herpes include having multiple sex partners having high-risk partner(s), and having unprotected sexual contact (not using condoms).

  8. Herpes Tests

    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.

  9. Genital Herpes - Medications

    Read about medications used to treat genital herpes.

  10. Genital Herpes - Cause

    Genital herpes can be caused by either the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV - 1) or the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV - 2).

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