Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that can be passed on through anal, oral and vaginal sex. While herpes is classed as an STI, it can be spread without sexual contact.
There are two types of the herpes simplex virus:
HSV-1 is typically associated with cold sores and ulcers which appear around and inside the mouth. HSV-2 is generally attributed to genital herpes specifically.
Herpes can lie dormant in someone for months or years before causing symptoms. The infection can spread even when there are no visible blisters or sores.
You can catch herpes in several ways:
Even if no symptoms are present in you or your partner, the virus can still be transmitted.
The only way of knowing if you have herpes is to get tested by visiting a local GUM or sexual health clinic, GP surgery or hospital.
Genital herpes typically causes sores or blisters around the genitals. The affected area can be painful and itchy.
While the virus is dormant, you may not experience any symptoms.
Using condoms every time you have sex can minimise the risk of transmitting most STIs; however, there may still be genital contact which may spread herpes.
If you knowingly carry the herpes virus - and can identify when a breakout is about to occur - you can speak to your partner about the risk of infection and take appropriate steps to minimise the risk.
These steps may include:
While there is no cure for herpes, there are various courses of treatments which can be used to treat the infection.
These treatments include:
These treatments aim to speed up the recovery of breakouts and prevent the virus from spreading to other areas of the body.
When ordering treatments for sensitive conditions, such as STIs, we understand your concerns for privacy. Once the treatment is approved by one of our doctors, our UK-registered dispensing pharmacy will dispense your medicine, and it will be delivered in discreet packaging straight to your door. We dispatch your medication in a plain white box with a security label and contain the box in a plain white bag to ensure your strictest confidence.
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