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Dr. David Kurss
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Genital Herpes (Overview)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are very painful and tender.


Dr. David Kurss
323 Doctors shared insights

Genital Herpes (Overview)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are very painful and tender.


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I was wondering what are the complications of genital herpes?

I was wondering what are the complications of genital herpes?

Scarring: Genital herpes can have several concerning complications. One thing to do is consult with your dermatologist to discuss the frequency of your attacks to help treat you best. Read more here: http://www. Aad. Org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/e---h/herpes-simplex. ...Read more

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Genital herpes (Tip)

Do have testing for other std's if you have been diagnosed with herpes. ...See more

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Is there a treatment for genital herpes?

Is there a treatment for genital herpes?

Yes: Oral antiviral medications are helpful in preventing or clearing up herpes sores. Topical antiviral creams are somewhat helpful but not as helpful as oral medications. To treat an outbreak, one should start the medication as soon as possible to get the best effect. ...Read more

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Is there a test available that determines whether herpes infection is in the genitals or the mouth without having symptoms? Genital herpes test?

Is there a test available that determines whether herpes infection is in the genitals or the mouth without having symptoms? Genital herpes test?

Herpes: There is a blood test that will tell if you have ever been infected with herpes simplex type 1 or type 2 or nigh or neither. If the test is negative it means you are not infected with herpes. If the test is positive it means that you have been infected in the past but it doesn't tell you where because either type can occur in either place. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Genital herpes (Tip)

Taking a preventive medication can reduce outbreaks and transmission to partners. ...See more

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How does genital herpes look like? Please show photo?

Genital herpes: Can have various appearances. This STD is often missed or misdiagnosed because the appearance can vary from the classic cluster of vesicles to no lesion at all! Recurrent HSV is often a single tiny painful area that is swollen and red. If untreated it usually develops into an ulcer but it may be so tiny and hidden in pubic hair that it is never seen. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of genital herpes?

What are the most common symptoms of genital herpes?

Discomfort: Painful ulcers in the genital area. Herpes virus lives in the nerves of the body and will cause recurrent ulcers in the same area repeatedly. ...Read more

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Genital herpes (Tip)

Consider it as a nuisance, take medicine as needed. Use protection during active infection. Have fun. ...See more

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Is there a test available that determines whether herpes infection is in the genitals or the mouth without having symptoms? Genital herpes test?

Herpes: There is a blood test that will tell if you have ever been infected with herpes simplex type 1 or type 2 or nigh or neither. If the test is negative it means you are not infected with herpes. If the test is positive it means that you have been infected in the past but it doesn't tell you where because either type can occur in either place. ...Read more

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What are signs of genital herpes?

Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations. ...Read more

Dr. Jamal Mourad Dr. Mourad
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Genital herpes (Tip)

Be transparent with your partners, use protection and ask your doctor about antiviral medication. ...See more

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I had an IgG done for genital herpes 4 1/2 weeks after exposure.... Can I trust my negative diagnosis? It's now been 7 weeks after exposure.

Not in any way: No. Absolutely not. You had the wrong herpes test done. If you have an acute exposure you needed igm testing. I would wait till twelve weeks to repeat the igg testing if that is all you can get. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with genital herpes, how can I keep my partner from contracting it too?

Genital Herpes: The herpes virus can occasionally be spread when there are no symptoms due to a phenomena known as viral shedding.
It is possible for a person to carry the herpes virus without knowing that they have it, in fact, up to 80% of people who are infected with hsv-2 show no signs of the infection. You will have to go on suppressive therapy of Valtrex (valacyclovir) to reduce the incidence of shedding. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes but my partner is clean and he wants a baby what should I do? I don't want to give him herpes

I have genital herpes but my partner is clean and he wants a baby what should I do? I don't want to give him herpes

Use condomns: Always use condomns during sex
gat your partner a blood test for herpes antibodies to make sure he is clean
you can have a healthy baby
if you have sores during labor you need a cesarean section. ...Read more

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Should I do the blood test for genital herpes, when I never had symptoms?

Should I do the blood test for genital herpes, when I never had symptoms?

Of course not: What would you do with the information on this not-very-reliable test, anyway? Use barrier protection until you're with that one person special person you'll be spending the rest of your life with. You'll do this regardless of results. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? I'm pregnant and need to know.

Is there a blood test which tests for genital herpes? I'm pregnant and need to know.

May be: A blood test will reveal if you have been exposed to the virus but will not tell if you have active genital infection. Examination by a gynecologist and examination of the cells/tissues may be needed for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have genital herpes? Do most people have symptoms?

Genital Herpes: Nope. The vast majority of people with herpes and who are contagious for herpes do not have any visible signs that they have herpes. Every single sexually active person must have the blood test to know if you have herpes. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more