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What are signs of genital herpes?

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Genital herpes most often appears as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. When these blisters burst they leave the tender sores known as ulcers. The first time a person has a herpes outbreak, the ulcers may take 2 to 4 weeks to heal. The next outbreaks may not occur for weeks, months, or even years. When they do, they usually are less severe than the first outbreak. Herpes infection doesn't go away, but the outbreaks tend to become less frequent over time.

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

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

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 30, 2019

SOURCES:

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

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

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 30, 2019

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