More on STI/STD HSV-1 & HSV-2
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See below for the content from the brochure on Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 ♥♥

genital herpes T h e F a c T s
P r o t e c t Y o u r s e l f + P r o t e c t Y o u r P a r t n e r

P r o t e c t Y o u r s e l f + P r o t e c t Y o u r P a r t n e r
The F a c t s
• Genital herpes (JEN i tell / HER pees) is a sexually transmitted
• Genital herpes is common in both men and women in the U.S.
• Most people who have genital herpes don’t know it. There
are often no symptoms.
• If you have symptoms, the most common ones are painful
blisters and sores.
• You can pass genital herpes to others without knowing it.
• There is no cure for genital herpes, but there are treatments
for the symptoms.
• Genital herpes does not usually cause serious health problems.

P r o t e c t Y o u r s e l f + P r o t e c t Y o u r P a r t n e r
How can I lower my rIsk for genItal Herpes?
• The surest way to prevent genital herpes is not to have sex
or to have sex only with someone who’s not infected and
who has sex only with you.
• Condoms can reduce your risk of getting genital herpes if
used the right way every single time you have sex. But a
condom protects only the area of the body that it covers.
Areas the condom doesn’t cover can become infected.
• Washing the genitals, urinating, or douching after sex will not
prevent any sexually transmitted disease (STD).
How can I find out if I have genital herpes?
Ask a doctor. Blood tests may help determine if
you have genital herpes.
What are the symptoms of genital herpes?
Genital herpes often doesn’t cause any symptoms. If you do have
symptoms, you might notice:
• Painful blisters or sores on or around the genitals or anus. These
sores typically heal within two to four weeks.
• Feeling like you have the flu when the sores are present.
• Sores that come back several times within a year. The presence of
the sores is called an outbreak.
There are two types of genital herpes virus—HSV1 and HSV2. Both
types can cause sores or blisters on or around the genitals. HSV1 can
also cause sores on the mouth or lips, which are called fever blisters.
How does someone get genital herpes?
• You can get genital herpes by having sex with
someone who has it. “Having sex” means having
anal, oral, or vaginal sex.
• You can also get genital herpes if your genitals
touch the infected skin or secretions (like saliva
through oral sex) of someone who has it.
• You can get genital herpes even if your partner
shows no signs of the infection.

What can I expect to happen if I have genital herpes?
M e n a n d W o M e n
• You can expect to have several
outbreaks (usually four or five) a
year. Over time you can expect to
have fewer outbreaks.
• You have a higher chance of
getting an HIV infection if you
have unprotected sex with a
partner living with HIV.
• Knowing that you have genital
herpes may make you feel
worried or sad. Talk with a
doctor about your concerns.
P r e g n a n t W o M e n
• In rare cases, you could pass
the infection to your baby.
• If you have active genital
herpes when you go into labor,
the doctor may do a cesarean
delivery (“C-section”).
• Be sure to tell your doctor
if you or your partner has
genital herpes.
When should I be tested?
You should be tested for genital herpes if:
• You have any symptoms (like an unusual sore).
• Your partner has genital herpes or symptoms that might be
genital herpes.
If I have genital herpes, what does that mean for my partner?
• Your partner may have genital herpes, too.
• Be sure to tell your recent sex partners, so they can go to their doctors
to be evaluated and maybe treated.
• Avoid having sex with an uninfected partner when you have visible
sores or other symptoms.
• Be aware that even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still infect
your partner.
Can genital herpes be treated?
• There is no cure for genital herpes, but there are treatments for
its symptoms.
• Some medicines can prevent the blisters or make them go
away faster.
• If you have several outbreaks in a year, a treatment called daily
suppressive therapy can reduce your chance of passing the
infection to your sex partners.

A message for everyone
P r o t e c t y o u r s e l f A n d y o u r PA r t n e r .
Always see a doctor if your partner is being treated for genital herpes.
Also see the doctor if you or your sex partner notice any symptoms,
such as an unusual sore.
If you have genital herpes, you should be tested for other STDs. Be sure
to tell your recent sex partners, so they can get tested too. Talk openly
and honestly with your partner about genital herpes and other STDs.
for more information
• Talk to your doctor.
• Call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
• Visit
cdc Publication no. 99-8823


Author: kademby

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