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Quickly Find Out If You Have Genital Herpes or Not

February 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 172

DID YOU KNOW THAT 1 in 4 adults have genital herpes and among them 80-90% of people who have this STD don't know they have it?

The reason they do not know they are infected is because their partner who gave them the disease did not know themselves or did not inform them. Also most individuals who have HSV-2 herpes do not know because they have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from the infection; their first outbreak of blisters may contain only one blister which they can mistake for insect bites or another skin condition. It is possible that a person becomes aware of the "first episode" years after the infection is acquired.

Due to the these facts every 30 seconds, another person gets genital herpes. If the number of people infected continues to grow at the present rate, it is predicted that in time nearly half the US adult population will have genital herpes.

This is why, I wanted to answer today, this very common question: What are the symptoms of genital herpes?

I first assume that you already know what this common STD is, for those of you who do not I will write an article on that specific topic soon.

The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted; and we call outbreak one or several blisters or sores in the genital area. Before the herpes sore is visible, the skin or the mucous membrane becomes extremely sensitive to the touch and there will be an almost unbearable itch exactly where the sore will appear. After a few days the actual blister appears pushing out from under the skin and looking like it is filled with fluid.

The herpes sores are different from other infections. Unlike yeast infection the itch is not felt throughout the entire vagina and labia are; while vaginal impetigo does NOT hurt. Ingrown hairs which can actually look like herpes outbreaks but feel much more like a skin blemish and are most often easily burst.

So, besides these blisters, other genital herpes symptoms may include a second crop of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands.

If you do not have these symptoms but you have found out that you had sex with a person who had genital herpes, best thing to do is to visit your doctor and take a blood test to be sure.

The doctor can determine if you have genital herpes using other methods besides blood tests...

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