What is it?
Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses. The viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2.
What to watch for.
- Symptoms show up after 1-30 days or longer after infection.
- Many people have no symptoms.
- Flu-like feelings.
- Small painful blisters on the sex organs or mouth.
- Itching or burning before blisters appear.
- Blisters last 1-3 weeks, but go away. You still have herpes blister can come back.
How do you get it?
- Spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has herpes.
- Genital touching with someone who has herpes.
What happens if you don’t get treated?
- You can give herpes to your sex partner(s).
- A mother with herpes can give it to her baby during childbirth.
Can it be cured?
Is there a vaccination?