If the idea of contracting an STD like genital herpes is terrifying to you, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Unfortunately, genital herpes is one of the most easily transmittable STDs out there. But by learning to recognize genital herpes symptoms, you can protect yourself from the disease.
Some people who have genital herpes don’t experience symptoms at all, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. In fact, many people without genital herpes symptoms end up unknowingly passing the disease on to their partners. Symptoms of genital herpes will often appear about two weeks after infection, but this isn’t always the case. For some people, genital herpes symptoms can take longer to surface.
The most widely recognized symptom of genital herpes is the presence of sores in the genital region. Often, these sores will blister and eventually heal on their own within two to four weeks. In addition to sores, signs of this STD can also include body aches and fatigue, and other such flu-like symptoms. Finally, overall genital discomfort is another known genital herpes symptom.
Many people are quick to assume that symptoms of genital herpes are bound to be pronounced and painful. But in reality, genital herpes symptoms in women and men are often mild enough to go unnoticed. In fact, symptoms of genital herpes can be easily mistaken for allergic reactions, skin irritation or jock itch. The American Sexual Health Association estimates that up to 90% of people with herpes don't know it, since symptoms can be vague or mild.
On the flip side, there are some people who do experience painful genital herpes outbreaks. Fortunately, medication can be used to shorten herpes outbreaks and minimize the frequency of future recurrences. So if you do wake up one day and notice any of these common symptoms of genital herpes, you can take comfort in the fact that treatment is available.
Posted By Pinpoint MD on Monday, September 12, 2011 5:21:33 PM America/Chicago
The words "vaginal herpes" strike fear in the heart of any gal. But before you freak out — or worse, push your fears under the rug — take a deep breath, get the facts, and get a herpes test.
Posted By Pinpoint MD on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 5:14:37 PM America/Chicago
First, a note on terminology: herpes zoster is not the same as vaginal herpes (also known as HSV-2 or genital herpes). In fact, herpes zoster is not an STD. People often confuse herpes zoster with genital herpes. So, no link between herpes zoster and an increased risk for HIV/AIDS. However, there is a link between genital herpes and HIV/AIDS.
Posted By Pinpoint MD on Monday, September 12, 2011 3:51:22 PM America/Chicago
Most people associate the STD genital herpes symptoms with painful blisters or sore “down there.” Yet, while genital herpes undoubtedly causes such irritating symptoms, most people don’t realize that this virus is more commonly asymptomatic. In fact, among the 16.2% of the US population infected with the STD, up to 90% is unaware of their status due to the lack of “textbook” herpes symptoms.