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Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a common STD, and most people with genital herpes infection do not know they have it.
  • You can get genital herpes even if your partner shows no signs of the infection.
  • If you have any symptoms (like a sore on your genitals, especially one that periodically recurs) laboratory tests can help determine if you have genital herpes.
  • There is no cure for herpes, but treatment is available to reduce symptoms and decrease the risk of transmission to a partner.

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Signs, symptoms, transmission, treatment, prevention and more.

What to Watch for:

  • Symptoms show up 1-30 days after having sex.
  • Some people have no symptoms.
  • Flu-like feelings.
  • Small, painful blisters on the sex organs or mouth.
  • Itching or burning before the blisters appear.
  • Blisters last 1-3 weeks.
  • Blisters go away, but you still have herpes.  Blisters can come back.

How Do You Get This STD:

  • Spread during vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has herpes.

What Happens If You Don't Get Treated:

  • You can give herpes to your sexual partner(s).
  • Herpes cannot be cured.
  • A mother with herpes can give it to her baby during childbirth.