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What Do I Do if I Have Genital Herpes

If you suspect you have contracted genital herpes, or you were in contact with a person diagnosed with genital herpes, follow these steps:

* Go see your doctor immediately for a test and to start a treatment if necessary.
* Follow the instructions given by your doctor. Take the medication as prescribed. Although the symptoms disappear, you must continue taking medication and avoid sexual contact with others.
* Avoid sexual intercourse during treatment of herpes in the genitals, and while you have symptoms of an outbreak.
* Be sure to tell your sexual partner, so they can also take the test.
* Remember that genital herpes is a lifelong disease. Although they may be a long period of time without these symptoms, yet can pass it to someone else.
* Talk with your doctor to receive advice about you how to cope with future outbreaks and how to prevent passing the virus to another person.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that is contagious. Genital herpes symptoms include pain, itching and lesions in the genital area.

The cause of genital herpes is the HSV virus that enters your body through small breaks in your skin or mucous membranes. Sexual contact is the main form of contagion.

Women who are infected by herpes often feel pain and burning on urination. When this happens it is important to avoid urine retention. They should drink plenty of fluids to dilute the urine and thus reduce pain. Some women may also experience vaginal discharge.

Genital herpes symptoms in men include lesions and sores in the genital area. The wounds and injuries cause pain when urinating. In men, the injuries are concentrated in the penis (scrotum and / or foreskin) or inside the urethra. Sometimes the wounds or sores may also affect the testicles.

You can also have pain in the genital area until the infection goes. During an outbreak, you may have symptoms similar to those of fever and headaches, muscle aches and fever.

Men infected with the herpes virus, should take special care not to infect their partners. This care and precautions should be much more important if your partner is pregnant.

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Jennifer Anderson works with Your STD Help in helping to educate people about sexually transmitted diseases If you think you may have genital herpes compare these pictures of herpes to see if they match your condition.

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