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What are the symptoms of genital herpes?

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The textbook symptom is a cluster of small fluid-filled blisters that break, forming painful sores that crust and heal over several days. They can show up on the penis, scrotum, vagina, vulva, urethra, anus, thighs, and buttocks.

Not everyone gets these sores. Some people have no symptoms at all. Others get symptoms that can be easily mistaken for other things, like razor burn, pimples, bug bites, jock itch, hemorrhoids, an ingrown hair, or a vaginal yeast infection.

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al., New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997; vol 337. American Social Health Association. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia. CDC. WebMD Medical News: "Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:  Fleming, et al., New England Journal of Medicine, Oct. 16, 1997; vol 337. American Social Health Association. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia. CDC. WebMD Medical News: "Herpes Virus Linked to Cervical Cancer."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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