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How serious of a health problem are the symptoms of genital herpes?

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For most people, genital herpes is not a serious threat to their health. Aside from the discomfort, a herpes simplex virus infection is more of a psychological stressor. It can:

In some cases, though, complications from genital herpes can be serious, even life-threatening.

  • Create anxiety
  • Affect a person's self-esteem
  • Interfere with a person's sense of security and intimacy

From: Common Symptoms of Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

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