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What are symptoms of genital herpes?

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Genital herpes most often appears as one or more watery blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. When they burst, they leave the tender sores known as ulcers. Other symptoms include:

After the first outbreak, the ulcers may take 2-4 weeks to heal. The next outbreaks may not happen for weeks, months, or even years. They're usually less severe than the first. Herpes infection doesn't go away, but the outbreaks tend to happen less often.

  • Numbness, tingling, or burning in the genital region
  • A burning sensation while having sex
  • It hurts or is hard to pee, or you have to go a lot

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

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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