Our expert says:
Genital Herpes has signs and symptoms that vary greatly, it can range from being asymptomatic (no symptoms) to severe blisters and ulcers of the genitals and surrounding skin.
Most commonly the initial infection will result in flu-like symptoms of the body with irritated rash-like or blisters of the genital area, after this the rash re-occurs at non-specific times or when stressed.
Any genital symptoms experienced should be checked out in case of Genital Herpes, often it is confused for Thrush, mild irritated skin from wearing tight jean's, irritation from soaps and the like.
Currently Genital Herpes is the fastest and highest transmitted sexually transmitted infection, it can be transmitted by both Genital-Genital contact and Oral-Genital contact, since Herpes type1 (mouth cold sores) can also be transmitted to the Genital area.
Today there are effective treatments both in drug medicine and natural medicine to deal with the symptoms, but treatment is essential, and care must be taken to prevent transmission to partners as this can occur even when symptom free.
(Dr Chase Webber ND)
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