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?
There is no cure for herpes. However, there are medicines that can prevent or shorten outbreaks. One of these anti-herpes medicines can be taken daily, and makes it less likely that you will pass the infection on to your sex partner(s).
Is there a vaccination?