There are two different strains of the herpes simplex virus; HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 does not normally cause genital symptoms, but it can in some cases. HSV-2 is easier to transmit and is the strain that most often causes a genital infection.
Symptoms of Herpes:
- Flu like symptoms
- Painful urination
- Oozing ulcers
- Itching and burning around the site of the outbreak
- Redness around the site of an outbreak
- Some outbreaks can cause painful sores or blisters
- Genital scabs
Transmission of Herpes:
It is possible to contract HSV-1 through sexual or skin to skin contact. When referring to the genital form of this infection, it sometimes spread through vaginal intercourse, but is more often spread through oral intercourse during an outbreak. The more common form of genital herpes is HSV-2. It is highly contagious and can be spread from skin to skin contact.
Type of Test for Diagnosis
Both the normal and early detection test for herpes require a simple blood sample from you.
There is currently no cure for herpes, however treatment is available to reduce symptoms and transmission to others. The treatment is an antiviral medication, so it is easy for you to receive.