Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Genital Herpes is an STD caused by two types of virus. These are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. This virus affects the genitals, the cervix and skin. It is estimated that one in five people in the United States has Genital Herpes.


Symptoms of Genital Herpes

It may takes weeks, months or years for symptoms to show up in most cases. However 90% of infected people are unaware of the infection. Symptoms of Genital Herpes include:

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain during urination
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • High fever
  • Headache or other flu like feelings
  • Cold sores around the mouth
  • Itchy or tingly around the genitals
  • Itchy or painful blisters on your vagina, cervix, penis, butt or anus
  • swollen glands in the pelvic area, throat, and under the arms

Herpes Testing

Symptoms of Herpes may vary from person to person. Most people are concerned primarily about Herpes Simplex II, or genital herpes. Herpes Simplex II is the herpes virus included in our STD test panel.

When to test: If you are sexually active or have genital sores or blisters.

Other forms of herpes may manifest themselves as sores on or in the mouth.

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