The Basics of Genital Herpes
- Small, red bumps that appear on or near the genitals, anus, mouth, or thighs
- Sores and blisters
- Pain or burning during urination in both men and women
- Pain or itching in the genital or anal area
Treatment and Prevention
- Have sex in a monogamous relationship.
- Always use condoms. Condoms do not provide 100% protection since they may not cover all lesions.
- Avoid sexual contact during an outbreak.
- Take antiviral medication as prescribed by your doctor.
American Sexual Health Association http://www.ashastd.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Sex Information and Education Council of Canada http://www.sieccan.org
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/18/2015 -