Genital Herpes Quick Overview
- Genital herpes is a common sexually-transmitted disease caused by a virus that infects genital areas.
- Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is the cause of genital herpes.
- Genital herpes causes lesions in the form of blisters or groups of small ulcers (open sores) on and around the genitals in both men and women.
- There is no cure for genital herpes, but medications are available that can treat outbreaks, minimize the symptoms, and decrease recurrences.
- Genital herpes is highly contagious. Carriers can transmit the disease without having any symptoms of an active infection.
- Signs of genital herpes develop within 3 to 7 days after contact with an infected person.
- Most people with genital herpes have recurring outbreaks.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2015
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