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Genital Herpes

Herpes sores on a penis (Photo courtesy of the CDC)

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Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and is the most common ulcerative sexually transmitted disease in the UK. There are two subtypes of the herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 (which causes facial herpes, including cold sores on the lips, but has increasingly been implicated in cases of genital herpes), and HSV-2 (which almost exclusively causes herpes on the genitals). Around 80% of people with genital herpes don’t even know they have it, as there are often no symptoms. However, even without symptoms, it’s possible to pass genital herpes on to a sexual partner because the virus may sometimes be present in your genital area. And once you get the herpes virus, it’s with you for life, which means you will have recurrent infections. Over-the-counter treatments for cold sores will not treat genital herpes, so smearing your genitals with Zovirax is an ineffective alternative to visiting your local GP or GUM clinic.

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I have a painful under the skin spot in between my vagina and my buttocks. It is slightly painful and it doesn't have a white head to it. I actually had one really similar maybe a month ago but in a different place and I just assumed that was a bad ingrown hair. Eventually that one went away. And now I have this one?! It's literally just the one, there is no other sign of any other spots, or lumps and bumps anywhere else.. Thoughts?! Help me!





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I'm 19years old I noticed I had a wart in my gential area about a year ago I left it and never thought nothing of it, about a month ago I developed a wart in the inside of my nose which is very big and quite noticeable it makes me feel terrible, I now have developed more genital warts can someone help please it's killing me inside





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I have had one small vesicle on mid part of my penis and the doctor told me it is a genital herpes. I have been on the local and oral acyclovir since 4 days ago. The soar is markedly shrinkaged and seems dry. :Now, My question is Can I have sex(oral & Vaginal) with my wife without usage of condom?(she is healthy and she doesn't have genital herpes). Because I cannot use condoms because of missing the sexual sense and impotense





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I have had one small vesicle on mid part of my penis and the doctor told me it is a genital herpes. I have been on the local and oral acyclovir since 4 days ago. The soar is markedly shrinkaged and seems dry. Now, My question is: Can I have sex(oral & Vaginal) with my wife without usage of condom?(she is healthy and she doesn't have genital herpes). Because I cannot use condoms because of missing the sexual sense and impotense. Thank you in advance and looking forward for your responses.





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I have herpes simplex type one so the Cold sore type but my question is I don't get it on my lips I get it on my tummy on the right side across from my belly button I've had it since I was 7 and I'm 26 now I was just wondering if anyone knew of anything I can so as it's so painful and it can last for about two weeks and the tablets you can get don't work





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Hello, I have been infected with the Herpe Virus for over 25 years and living proof that you can still live a normal healthy lifestyle. My questions is that is ok to take over the counter vitamins along with my Valtrex medication.





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I am male 52 years old and have been married for 23 years. I have just been diagnosed with Genital Herpes. My wife has no symptoms at all ? As I have not slept with anyone I asked my wife and she says she has not either....! We also have 3 kids over 16 years ?? I am devastated and thinking of leaving.





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Hey to the person worried about his marriage: I'm in a committed relationship with one partner. Neither of us showed any signs of genital herpes until quite a long time into our relationship. Herpes can go undetected for years and might only be brought out by things like rough sex or even illness. I get frequent outbreaks of herpes when I get ill with the flu or when I get my period. However, my boyfriend only ever had one tiny outbreak which lasted for only a few days and then he never had any symptoms again. Remember 80% of people who have herpes don't even know they are infected because they don't get symptoms. This is quite common and doesn't mean your partner has cheated. Also, if either of you have oral herpes (cold sores), they can be transmitted to the genitals through oral sex. I am not a doctor, so this information is just stuff researched when I had my first outbreak four years ago. My partner and I are still happily engaged.

Hey everyone look I understand that most people are on this page are worried,I do have hsv-2 but all I can say is if you do get hsv-2 it's not the end of the world, sex life still exists just use protection, be honest with the girl or guy about it, and just use common sense. Plenty of worse things you could get.... diabetes, etc. Don't let the bad stigma control your life. I've only had one break out which was my first and that's it..... This was years ago. eat plenty of greens, vitamin c, don't let your immune system get to low. But remember enjoy life you are still the same person. If you have any questions feel free to ask me.





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Hi, Freaking out a bit! I had sex last night, this morning. Well early hours this morning. I've not long treated myself for a yeast infection after being on anti biotics. I was quite dry when having sex, and it was rough at first and we had to stop. Straight afterwards I had the worst burning sensation down below. Almost like friction burns. It stopped after a while but I have noticed a load of cut skin down there and then all of a sudden almost a friction blister on the inside of my lip where I was burning straight after sex. I'm freaking out that I have got herpes. But is it too soon of a reaction after sex, could it be because of the dry friction from this morning?? I understand after having a yeast infection I could have still got it, as I treated it switch over the counter products. This could have caused me dryness or the alcohol! Freaked out!!!! If anyone could help it would be great.





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Hello, all this year I have not had sex w my gf due to my rash. I first thought it was poison but now after seeing these pictures I wanted to be sure for both of our sakes and piece of mind. About 5-7 months ago I noticed a rash like patch under my foreskin. Now I am getting like raised bumps up to the size of a green pea, mainly under the foreskin some on it where it rolls and now three spots on the head. One spot in on the ring of the head and two side by side near the front of my head on the right side. These bumps are very itchy and sore esp if you roll the skin between your fingers. One spot did ooze some clear fluid out last week and healed back up since then but the spot remains. Wtf is this Dr? I'm a bit embarrassed to go see a Dr at the moment. I've tried anti itch creams, neospori, anti fungal creams and still no results.





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Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals that is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The herpes simplex virus can also affect the skin on the face, causing cold sores to develop, usually around the mouth area. Read More »

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