Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. It is spread by direct contact through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It is highly contagious and 1 out of 6 adults in America has genital herpes.
The herpes virus causes sores, burning, blisters, rashes, pain, redness, and weeping on the affected skin. Flareups are the most painful and will occur during stress, sometimes around the menstrual cycle, or during illnesses such as the flu. When there is no flareup, there may not be any symptoms. However the virus can still be contagious and spread to others. It is recommended to use condoms every time a person has sex.
There are several antiviral medications to manage, but no cure. There is no vaccination available against herpes. There are blood tests that may help to diagnose it, however most physicians can examine and treat based on symptoms alone.
Women who are pregnant and have gentle herpes will require treatment and a possible C-section at the time of delivery to reduce transmission to the baby.
Talk with your doctor today about genital herpes and protecting yourself.