Any sex act
with another person could give you this infection!
Street Names for Herpes
Facts about Herpes
There are many types of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and 30
million Americans have the virus but not all cases are
STDs. The most common are HSV-1 and HSV-2:
Oral Herpes - cold sore or fever blister on your lips.
Can be passed to genitals - not always an STD
Genital herpes. Can be passed to the mouth. HSV-2 is
- Oral herpes can be passed to genitals, and genital
herpes can be passed to the mouth, so both can be an STD.
- There are about 500,000 new cases of HSV infection
- Herpes STD is treatable but incurable at this time.
The symptoms and sores go away but they come back. Herpes
lesions are like blisters full of fluid and are painful.
There is no cure! Treatment helps relieve symptoms.
- Not fatal in adults.
- Infected women can pass infection to baby at birth
causing blindness, brain damage, and death.
- The virus never goes away but becomes reactive now
and then and it is unpredictable when it will return.
- Repeat symptoms are milder, lasts 4-14 days, starts
with tingling, pain, itching.
- Stays in one spot in the body, usually where it first
makes contact. The Herpes virus lives in the nerve
sheaths where it first enters the skin.
- Most people with Herpes may not know they are
- Spread by direct skin-to-skin contact.
- HSV-2 is easily spread during sex.
- Can be spread even when virus is on skin (symptoms
may not be present).
- Not spread by toilet seats, door knobs, bedding,
pools, tubs, clothes, utensils, or blood transfusion.
- Enters skin surface and goes to nerve ganglion.
- Remains in the nerve forever (that’s why Herpes
- Blisters appear 2-10 days after having sex. Usually
don’t feel bad during this time.
- It's more common in women than men.
Herpes type 1 – common
fever blister. Not an STD but can be passed from one
person to another.
Herpes type 2 blisters
on the penis. Painful, highly infectious, and CANNOT BE
CURED! Blisters will go away and return.
More type 2 blisters.
- First outbreak of sores lasts 2-3 weeks.
- Starts as tingling/burning feeling in penis, vaginal
discharge in girls, pressure in abdomen, pain/sore
buttocks, legs, or groin.
- Red bumps at site of entrance. Bumps go to blisters
or sores, scab over, then heal.
- Symptoms worse in women than men.
- Only 100% completely safe option - choose not to have sex!
- Latex condoms help but the virus can be on uncovered
- Infected persons without symptoms can pass the virus.
- See your doctor if you have questions or experience
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