Herpes is one of the most rare STDs talked about, among young people since one may never have the symptoms for months after the infection.
Having blisters or sores around your genitals, is one of the main signs of genital herpes. However, you can only confirm that you are infected when you go for screening and are tested. Meanwhile, before we delve into genital herpes, what is herpes?
Herpes is a common virus that can cause a rush of blistering sores on the skin. These tend to develop around the mouth or genitals, but can appear almost anywhere on the body. There is currently no cure for the virus, and carriers tend to experience symptom outbreaks at different times throughout their life.
So, what is Genital Herpes?
Genital Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease [STD] that any sexually active person can get if they get into contact with an infected person, it is also a viral infection that causes skin blisters and sores specifically around the genital area.
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Most people who have genital herpes often have no symptoms, or have very mild symptoms. One may not notice the mild symptoms or you could even mistake them for another skin condition, such as a pimple or ingrown hair. Because of this, most people who have herpes do not know it.
You could get genital herpes if:
– You have vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who is infected.
– You come into contact with a herpes sore.
– If your partner is infected with the disease but does not have visible sores, they may not even know that they are infected.
– Skin to skin contact with an infected person[s]
How do I keep safe from Genital Herpes:
– Use condoms the right way every time you have sex.
– Avoid having sex with your partner when you notice that they have genital herpes symptoms.
– Be faithful to your partner.
– Avoid oral sex with your partner if they have signs of oral herpes like blisters on the outer and inner lips.
People who experience the initial of genital herpes symptoms can have repeated outbreaks or symptoms in the future. Repeated symptoms are usually short lived and less severe than the first outbreak. Although the infection stays in the body for the rest of your life, the number of outbreaks may decrease over time.
As an informed young person, you should be examined by your doctor, or go for screening if you notice any symptoms or if your partner has an STD or symptoms of an STD. STD symptoms can include an unusual sore, smelly genital discharge, burning when urinating, or (for women) bleeding between periods.