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Genital Herpes

Herpes on the face is called a cold sore but you can get it on the genitals or anywhere else. There is no known cure for Herpes though there are treatments available that will help some people.

Symptoms and Warning signs

  • Small fluid-filled blisters around your genitals, thighs and inside or around your anus, which burst after a day or two and leave painful sores.
  • Redness, discomfort, itching or tingling in the genital or anal area
  • Feeling generally unwell with flu-like symptoms, such as a fever and a headache.
  • Pain on passing urine.
  • An unusual discharge from your urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder and out through the penis or vulva), vagina or anus.

Girls and Boys:

  • Itching or tingling sensation in the genital or anal area.
  • Small fluid-filled blisters. These burst and leave small painful sores. They will dry out, scab over and heal but it could take two to four weeks to heal.
  • Pain when going for a pee.
  • A flu-like illness, backache, headache.

How do you get it?

  • Kissing
  • Penetrative sex
  • Oral sex

How do you treat it?

A course of tablets taken early may make the sores less painful and heal quicker. The symptoms can be cured however the virus stays in the body and symptoms may reoccur.

Long-term effects:

There is no known cure for Herpes but it’s not something that’s there all the time. The first attack of sores is always the worst. Most people never get any more after that.

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