What are Genital Herpes?
Genital herpes is an infection on the genitals caused by the herpes simplex virus. This is the same virus that causes cold sores around the mouth. They look something like this.
How do you get Genital Herpes?
You can get genital herpes through close skin contact with someone who has the virus. It can also be transmitted from mother to baby during delivery.
What are the symptoms?
Sometimes, the first attack of genital herpes may be the worst. It presents with painful blisters, ulcers or sores. Most people have no symptoms.
You are most infectious just before you get a sore, with the sore and just afterwards, however people can spread the virus when they have no symptoms.
How do you treat Genital Herpes?
Genital herpes is treated with an anti-herpes medication. These tablets shorten the attack. If you get lots of recurrences (more than six a year) you can take tablets all the time and this helps to prevent recurrence.
Will Genital Herpes affect my partner/s?
Partners can catch the virus even when there are no symptoms. Using protection (condoms or oral dams) when a person has symptoms will help reduce the risk of spreading the infection.