Introduction: Genital herpes
Genital herpes is an incurable STD that is spread by sexual activity
including oral sex.
The cause is herpes virus type 2
whereas cold sores are caused by HSV-1.
Although genital herpes is incurable, it can be controlled by various drugs,
and typically subsides between episodic attacks called "flares".
Complications are rare but the condition can be serious
in the immunosuppressed and newborn babies.
Pregnant women with herpes need to discuss the issue with their doctors
to avoid infection of the newborn.
Genital herpes: Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV -1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first episode. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to go down over a period of years. 1
Researching symptoms of Genital herpes: Further information about the symptoms of Genital herpes is available including a list of symptoms of Genital herpes, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Genital herpes, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Misdiagnosis and Genital herpes: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Genital herpes, underlying causes of Genital herpes (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases
Treatments for Genital herpes: Various information is available about treatments available for Genital herpes, prevention of Genital herpes, current research about Genital herpes treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.
Statistics and Genital herpes:
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prevalence and incidence statistics for Genital herpes,
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1. excerpt from Genital Herpes: DSTD
Last revision: April 11, 2003
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