Everything You Wanted to Know About Genital Herpes and Were Too Embarrassed to Ask


Even though you can still pass the infection, you may never notice that you have symptoms of a Genital Herpes infection. The appearance of blisters is known as an outbreak. Your first outbreak may appear for early two days after you contracted the virus, or as late as 30 days afterward.

Causes of Genital Herpes

This infection is usually caused by the HSV-2(herpes simplex virus-2 ) or the HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus-1), the virus usually responsible for cold sores. Genital herpes treatment includes medicines to help sores be healed faster and prevent outbreaks.

How can it get into your body?

This kind of viruses gets into your body through your mucous membranes. Your mucous membranes are the thin layers of tissue that line the openings of your body. They are able to be found in your mouth, nose, and genitals. When the viruses are inside your body, they incorporate themselves into your cells. Viruses will tend to multiply or adapt to their environments very easily, which will make your treatment difficult.

HSV-1 or HSV-2 can be found in infected people’s body fluids, including:

  • Semen
  • Saliva
  • Vaginal secretions

Symptoms of Genital Herpes

General symptoms for males include blisters on the penis, buttocks (near or around the anus) or scrotum. For females, symptoms include blisters around or near the vagina, buttocks and anus. General symptoms for both males and females include the following:

  • Blisters may appear in your mouth and on your lips, and anywhere else that came into contact with the infected areas.
  • Cracked, raw, or red areas around your genitals without pain,itching, or tingling
  • The blisters may become ulcerated (open sores) and ooze fluid.
  • The infected site often starts to itch, or tingle, before the actual appearance of blisters.
  • A crust may appear over the sores within a week of the outbreak.
  • Headaches, body aches, and fever.
  • Your lymph glands may become swollen. The function of lymph glands is to fight infection and inflammation in the body.

Besides, you have to notice if you are pregnant. General symptoms for a baby born with herpes (received through a vaginal delivery) may be included ulcers on the face, body, and genitals. Babies who are born with genital herpes may develop very severe complications and experience:

  • brain damage
  • blindness
  • death

Diagnosing genital herpes

Genital herpes is not the only condition that can create these symptoms. HSV is sometimes mistaken for vaginal yeast infections, bladder infections or bacterial infections. The only way to know the result exactly, HSV or another condition is that you have to be checked by a health care person.

Genital herpes is diagnosed with a physical exam and typically confirmed with a swab test or a blood test.

If you have any reason to believe you may have an HSV infection as the result of a sexual encounter, either genital or oral. Make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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