Herpes comes from a large family of viruses, but we’re just looking at one of them here – genital herpes. Herpes is derived from the Greek word meaning “creep” or “spread”, which is appropriate as it’s a virus that is passed on from human to human.
Gential herpes is very common, and diagnosis and treatment as early as possible is recommended to ensure that you do not infect other people. It can take up to two weeks before symptoms first appear, however for two out of three people it’s possible for symptoms to first appear years after infection. This is why genital herpes cannot be associated with being unfaithful in a relationship.
Sores and blisters
Genital herpes cause clusters of painful sores and blisters which may be filled with straw colored fluid. You will feel tingling sensation before the blisters appear. The virus often affects the areas around the genitals including penis, scrotum, vagina, vulva, urethra, anus, thighs and buttocks. It can also give you flu-like symptoms.
Genital herpes is sometimes confused with other infections or afflictions such as razor bumps, bug bites, ingrown hair, hemorrhoids and vaginal fungal infections.
Redness or itching
Watch for redness or itching around mouth or genitals if you have had sexual contact. You may also notice hot tingling or itching sensation on the affected area.
If you are having painful urination a few days after the sexual contact, you must visit the doctor.
If you are experiencing vaginal discharge which was not present before the sexual contact, it could be a sign of herpes if accompanied by other symptoms.
You may not know that you have been infected so pay close attention towards any symptoms which you develop up to two weeks after sexual contact. Some people have no symptoms at all and just become carriers of the virus.
To help prevent the spread of herpes, it is advisable to avoid contact with affected areas. No kissing, sharing towels or make up, avoid sexual intercourse or use a condom to reduce risk. Always wash your hands.
Herpes is a viral infection and you must seek medical attention if you experience any other these symptoms, otherwise it can lead to severe health risks and complications.
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