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Added August 01, 2013

What Is Genital Herpes

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What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a viral infection that starts as a flu-like illness with painful, open sores or blisters in the genital area. The sores usually last 23 weeks. Since the virus stays in the body forever, about 90% of women have outbreaks (ranging from once a year up to eight times a year). The recurrences tend to be milder than the first outbreak.

 

Herpes is best diagnosed when your doctor can see the sores and take cells for testing. There's also a blood test but it's less reliable. Herpes does not increase your risk of cervical cancer.

 

How do you get it?

Genital herpes is contracted during sexual intercourse with an infected partner, or through oral sex with a partner who has oral herpes (cold sores). Although it's rare, herpes can be passed along to a baby during delivery with serious consequences. It does not increase your risk of cervical cancer.

 

A word of caution

If a woman touches her own sores and then touches her eyes, mouth or genitals, she can infect a new area. It may help to cover any sores, if possible, and not touch them. If you do touch a sore, wash your hands afterwards, because it can be spread through skin-to-skin contact.

 

Anti-viral drugs can help make outbreaks shorter and less severe, but they do not cure the illness. There is currently no cure for genital herpes.

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alwaysalert
alwaysalert
Posted August 09, 2012
grosss!
malajalove
malajalove
Posted July 30, 2012
I remeber learning about this , this is very serious right ? it should be taken seriously .. be extra careful with a dude or a women to preventany stds from happening.
micki mouse roxx8
micki mouse roxx8
Posted July 15, 2012
i thought herpes was a vaginal infection!! guess not...lol:p
20DawgFan07
20DawgFan07
Posted November 29, 2011
I did not know this could be spread through touch!
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