Herpes is a common STD caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2. After the initial infection, the virus lies dormant in your body and can reactivate several times a year.
Most people infected with herpes do not have any symptoms. After the initial infection, the virus lies dormant in your body and can reactivate several times a year.
It can be transmitted from having kissing or oral, vaginal and anal intercourse.
When present, the characteristic signs of herpes are itching and painful blisters that appear on the lips, genital or rectal area.
No. Genital warts is caused by the human papillomavirus while and syphilis is caused by a bacteria called Treponema pallidum.
Unfortunately, there's no FDA-approved cure for herpes. However, antivirals can minimize the severity and duration of an outbreak and also reduce the frequency of future occurrences.
Our medical quiz may help in your decision making process
We discourage daily antiviral use if you haven't been diagnosed with herpes. However, you may be treated empirically if you develop the characteristic herpes lesions
Have you been diagnosed with herpes (HSV 1 or 2)?
Do you have frequent herpes outbreaks (>4/year)?
Do you have a severe form of herpes symptoms?
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