Genital herpes is an STI (sexually transmitted infection) which causes blisters that may appear on or near the penis, vagina, anus, or buttocks. They are caused by HSV virus and the the blisters may itch, tingle and become ulcerated with a crust. The viral infection can also cause non localized symptoms like fever, body aches and headaches. It is important to speak with a doctor if you believe you have genital herpes to prevent the further spread of the infection.
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects over 400 million people worldwide. It can cause itchy and painful blisters that appear on or near the penis, vagina, and rectal area. When you have one or more blisters around the genitals or rectum, this is known as having an “outbreak.” The blisters will then break and crust, leaving you with painful sores that may take a week or more to heal.
The most common symptoms of genital herpes are small blisters or open sores around the genitals and rectum. The virus can also cause symptoms including:
- Body aches
- In women, unusual vaginal discharge
- Pain when you urinate
- Itching or burning around your genitals
Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). The virus can be transmitted through kissing and oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse. After the initial infection, the virus can lie dormant and reactivate at a later time. Typically, outbreaks after the initial infection are shorter and less severe. While genital herpes is a lifelong infection, there are medicines that can shorten or prevent future outbreaks, making you feel much more comfortable.