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How do I know if I have genital herpes?

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Most people infected with genital herpes have very minimal or no signs or symptoms of their disease. The first attack of herpes usually follows this course:

You also may have:

  • Skin on or near the sex organ becomes inflamed. Skin may burn, itch, or be painful.
  • A small cluster of blister-like sores appear on the skin near the sex organs.
  • Sores open, scab over, and then heal.
  • Swollen glands
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Burning when passing urine
  • Muscle aches

From: Sexual Health and Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 13, 2017

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 13, 2017

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