Genital herpes is an incurable sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. Generally, HSV-1 affects the mouth, and HSV-2 is the one that causes genital herpes. However, both types can be transmitted from one area to the other during oral sex.
Genital herpes is most often spread through sex with an infected person. Additionally, it is possible to contract genital herpes from other close skin-on-skin contact. Transmission generally happens during:
It is also possible for pregnant women to pass the infection on to their baby during childbirth.
Genital herpes does not generally cause other problems. However, it does increase your risk of contracting other STDs including HIV. Act immediately and get tested today!Get tested for STDs today
No. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.
Viral. Caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Antiviral Medicine. Symptoms are treated with antiviral medications (Zovirax, Famvir, or Valtrex), however there is no cure.
1 month or longer. The symptoms from the initial outbreak can take over 20 days to disappear.
Yes. During your initial outbreak, you should refrain from sex until all symptoms are gone.
Yes. Once you get infected, you will have the virus for life.
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