Herpes Symptoms

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. Genital herpes is 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.

Treatment Options

There is currently no cure for herpes; however, treatment is available to reduce the occurrence of symptoms and transmission to others. The treatment is an antiviral medication.

 

 

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