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How do I know if I have genital herpes?

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

  • Skin on or near your private parts gets inflamed. Skin may burn, itch, or be painful.
  • A small cluster of blister-like sores appear on the skin near your privates.
  • Sores open, scab over, and then heal.

You also may have:

  • Swollen glands
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Burning when you pee
  • Muscle aches

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 13, 2019

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 13, 2019

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