Herpes Simplex

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Sexual contact is the primary way that the virus spreads. After the initial infection, the virus lies dormant in your body and can reactivate several times a year.

If you have had symptoms for more than 5 days before you go to your doctor, you can still get tested to find out the cause.
  • Symptoms
  • Small pockets of fluid beneath the skin

    • Painful

    • Formed ulcers

    • At genital, anus or buttocks




    Itchy skin

    • At genital



    • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F), Less than 38°C (100. 4°F)


    Strange liquid coming out of urethra

    or Strange fluid coming out of vagina other than blood

    or Pain discomfort or burning when urinating



    Enlarged or swollen lymph nodes

    • Inguinal

    • Painful when touched

  • Risk factors
  • Contact with a person with herpes simplex

  • Treatment
  • You may be prescribed: - An antiviral medicine to stop the symptoms from getting worse – you need to start taking this within 5 days of the symptoms appearing. -cream for the pain
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Herpes Simplex, then a visit to a dermatologist is highly recommended.

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