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What are genital herpes?

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In brief: Genital herpes

Herpes infection can cause spots on the labia, clitoris and pubic area.
These look like blisters, ulcers, or chapped areas. People often have flu-like symptoms, fever and pain passing urine for about a week when first infected.

A pregnant woman can transmit the infection to her baby during delivery. Severe damage to the baby’s nervous system can result.

The infection is caused by the herpes simplex virus being passed during sex. The virus lies dormant in the body and it’s common to get repeated attacks. These are generally milder than the first attack. Sometimes a burning or tingling feeling is felt beforehand. There’s no cure for herpes, but antiviral drugs (such as aciclovir tablets) can help to shorten the first attack, and reduce the severity of further episodes. Some people find salt baths, ice packs and painkillers helpful. Frequent severe attacks may require regular antiviral treatment for up to a year.

The virus is most infectious during an attack, so avoiding sexual activity at this time lessens the chance of passing it to others.

In brief: Genital herpes

Herpes infection can cause spots on the labia, clitoris and pubic area.
These look like blisters, ulcers, or chapped areas. People often have flu-like symptoms, fever and pain passing urine for about a week when first infected.

A pregnant woman can transmit the infection to her baby during delivery. Severe damage to the baby’s nervous system can result.

The infection is caused by the herpes simplex virus being passed during sex. The virus lies dormant in the body and it’s common to get repeated attacks. These are generally milder than the first attack. Sometimes a burning or tingling feeling is felt beforehand. There’s no cure for herpes, but antiviral drugs (such as aciclovir tablets) can help to shorten the first attack, and reduce the severity of further episodes. Some people find salt baths, ice packs and painkillers helpful. Frequent severe attacks may require regular antiviral treatment for up to a year.

The virus is most infectious during an attack, so avoiding sexual activity at this time lessens the chance of passing it to others.
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