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Can women even have symptoms of genital herpes?

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Yes: Women can have the same blistering lesions that men have on their genitalia. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Is it possible that a man can show no symptoms of genital herpes but woman does?

Is it possible that a man can show no symptoms of genital herpes but woman does?

Yes: Symptomatic manifestations of genital herpes depend upon whether this is a first time exposure, what differences there are in your immune system, and a host of other factors. Carriage of herpes is a lifetime phenomenon, and may occur without symptoms. ...Read more

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What is genital herpes? Does it occur in both men and women? If so, what are the symptoms in both cases ?

Herpes is an STD: Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection, that occurs in both men and women. Many people who have it don't know they have it because they may have few to absent symptoms. Symptoms are different for different people, but many people describe a tingling, burning, or itchy sensation with or without little blisters. Symptoms can be very mild or very severe. It is a very common virus. ...Read more

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How common is it for a woman to contract genital herpes but have no symptoms until years later?

How common is it for a woman to contract genital herpes but have no symptoms until years later?

Very common: Many people carry this virus for years without knowing it. Many of them have recurring symptoms which are not recognized. At least 25% of them have recurring herpes on the buttock or back. Why do you ask? What are the DETAILS? ...Read more

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If one were exposed to genital herpes 3 weeks ago from making out w woman who has it. When would body aches appear if they catch it? No other symptoms.

If one were exposed to genital herpes 3 weeks ago from making out w woman who has it. When would body aches appear if they catch it? No other symptoms.

Herpes infection: Genital herpes is very contagious. At 40, assuming you have had other sexual contacts, it is present although perhaps not giving you symptoms in all likelihood. Stress and fever as in influenza may bring out an episode, but at this point if you had contact with active herpes sexually, you should be having symptoms, unless you had previous herpes and have antibodies present. ...Read more

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Can a woman with genital herpes give birth vaginally if she does not have any symptoms? And without suppressive medication?

Can a woman with genital herpes give birth vaginally if she does not have any symptoms? And without suppressive medication?

Here is the problem: There may still be viral shedding which could effect the baby even if she has no active lesions. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it , baby sick around 2 wks. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of genital herpes?

Mnay: First time around you may get systemic symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, an outbreak of numerous blister-like lesions on the genetalia which will rupture and leave very tender and painful ulcers which may last as long as 10-14days. The female genetalia may become swollen and tender to the point that she cannot walk. The man can develop severe swelling which may partially impede free urination. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of genital herpes?

Often none or delay: May have some stinging on urination. May develop visible genital "warts". Women may have a vaginal discharge or pain with sex. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of genital herpes?

Painful lesions: The symptoms vary. Some people have very mild to no symptoms, while others have redness and fluid filled blisters that are painful and burn. Sometimes there is tingling or burning in the area before the blisters appear. If you think you have an outbreak and it's your first time, get checked out asap by your primary doc, because initial treatment makes subsequent outbreaks less frequent. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

Can you tell me the symptoms of genital herpes?

Often none.: Many people have little or no symptoms most of the time. When symptoms do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take two to four weeks to heal. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of genital herpes?

Blisters, sores: Mostly superficial blisters that quickly (1-2 days) become painful open sores, especially on moist tissues. First infection most severe, usually at sites directly exposed in sex (penis, labia, vaginal opening, etc) and often fever and inflamed lymph nodes in the groin. Recurrent outbreaks usually milder, no inflamed nodes or fever; may be preceded by neurologic "prodrome" of tingling etc. ...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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What are the short- and long-term symptoms of genital herpes?

Herpes simplex: Once you get this virus it stays with you for life. The first exposure may not produce any symptoms, or can be so severe that the patient is incapacitated. It produces blister lesions which itch, hurt and break down into shallow painful tender ulcers, and may be accompanied by fever, malaise, etc. Long-term it may cause recurrence of genital lesions and may produce viral meningitis. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs and symptoms of genital herpes?

Usually pain: Usually before the classic skin lesions appear most patients describe tingling at the site. Then the typical herpetic blisters appear. Patients can alsomhave some pretty bad systemic symptoms. These can be like a viral syndrome with fever amd malaise. The lesions can be rather painful. Subsequent flare-ups can be less severe but not always. ...Read more

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


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

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 ...Read more