Genital Herpes (HSV-2) is a sexually transmitted infection.  Many people infected with this disease do not have any symptoms.  When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break leaving sores that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occurxix.  Infected people can also have pain or burning during urination.

HSV-1 most of the time is oral herpes, which causes cold sores.  HSV-2 is typically found in the genital area.  HSV-1 isnt generally sexually related; however, it is becoming common to find both versions of the virus in the genital and oral areas, due to oral sex .

There is no cure for genital herpes; however, there are medications that can help suppress and/or reduce outbreaks.  A person with genital herpes may be contagious and not be aware.  Between outbreaks, it lies dormant in a nerve root, but a variety of stressors can cause the virus to emerge resulting in an active infection.  Even correct use of a condom does not guarantee protection from getting or spreading genital herpes.