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Genital Herpes


Genital herpes is an infectious disease of the genitals.


  • Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)
  • Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)
  • Sexual contact (oral, vaginal, anal) with an infected person
  • Infection from affected mothers to their babies during vaginal child birth

Mostly symptoms are unnoticeable and occur only during outbreaks. They may include:

  • Itching on and around the genitals
  • Pain  and tenderness in the genital area
  • Sores or blisters on and around the genitals
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes

There is no cure for genital herpes and the virus stays in the body life long. Treatment can be given to shorten or prevent the outbreaks and may include:

  • Antiviral medication
  • Pain killers


  • Avoiding sexual contact with an infected person during outbreaks
  • Using latex condoms during intercourse
Avoiding vaginal childbirth during an outbreak