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Genital Herpes

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Genital herpes (HSV) is a sexually transmitted virus that is common in both men and women in the U.S. Most people who have genital herpes don't know it, because there are often no symptoms. There is no cure for genital herpes, but there are treatments for the symptoms.



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Symptoms

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Most people who have genital herpes don't know it. There are often no symptoms. If you have symptoms, the most common ones are painful blisters and sores.

CDC information on Genital Herpes symptoms

Who

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Genital herpes is common in both men and women in the U.S.

CDC information on who is affected by Genital Herpes

Testing

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Health care providers can diagnose genital herpes by visual inspection if the outbreak is typical, and by taking a sample from the sore(s) and testing it in a laboratory. Genital herpes infections can be diagnosed between outbreaks by the use of a blood test.

CDC information on testing for Genital Herpes

Transmission/Prevention

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You can get genital herpes by having sex with someone who has it, even if your partner shows no signs of the infection. You can also get genital herpes if your genitals touch the infected skin or secretions (like saliva through oral sex) of someone who has it.

CDC information on transmission and prevention of Genital Herpes

Treatment

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There is no cure for genital herpes, but there are treatments for the symptoms. Some medicines can prevent the blisters or make them go away faster.

CDC information on Genital Herpes treatment

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