Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a similar type of virus (herpes simplex) that is associated with the common cold sore.

It’s passed on through vaginal, anal, and oral sex, and it’s more transmissible in people who have unprotected sex or change partners frequently. The most obvious sign of a herpes infection is painful blisters on the genitals, anus, thighs, and bottom. 

There is no cure for genital herpes, but anti-viral medication (Aciclovir) can stop the symptoms from getting worse and help relieve the pain and manage outbreaks.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Dec 01, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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