Genital herpes is one of the most common STI’s in the world, it is caused by type 2 herpes simplex virus that causes blisters or ulcers on the genitals. Type 1 usually causes cold sores on the mouth but can spread to the genitals through oral sex, herpes can be passed on by having sex of any kind or close genital skin-to-skin contact, it can be passed from mother to child during childbirth as well. Symptoms can appear a few days after infection but sometimes they can take months or even years to show up, some people may only have mild symptoms or even none at all…they can include painful or itchy clusters of blisters and sores around the genitals, bum and ties after these blisters break they will become very sore and will heal over in seven to ten days. The first outbreak is usually accompanied by flu-like symptoms, general weakness, pitching and pain while peeing if left untreated herpes can cause a lot of pain and discomfort…if you have a weakened immune system from other medicines or HIV, the virus may also spread to other organs there is no cure for herpes but there are treatments available to help you manage and reduce the symptoms when they occur. Visit your doctor or an STI clinic to have the infection diagnosed, some people will have one outbreak and never have another one again while others will have regular outbreaks over the course of their lives, if the infection comes back, often you might be prescribed an antiviral treatment to help reduce the frequency of outbreaks.
Using a condom during sex doesn’t provide complete protection against genital herpes because they don’t cover all of the areas that can be infected but if you are sexually active, you should always use a condom or dental dam. Avoiding oral sex with someone who has a cold sore also helps prevent the spread of the virus and if you are sexually active, you should always go for regular STI check-ups.