Find out whether or not you have Genital Herpes (HSV-2) and what STD test is recommended using our personalized symptom checker.
Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections around the globe. It is caused by a virus called "Herpes Simplex". The symptoms of the disease vary depending on the causative organism that can be either Herpes Simplex Type 1 or Herpes Simplex Type 2. Both viruses can lie dormant for years without causing any symptoms after the initial infection. Being women and having multiple sexual partners increases your risks of becoming infected with genital herpes.
If not treated, genital herpes can cause several complications, including newborn infection, bladder problems like inflammation and pus-filled urine, and increase susceptibility to other other sexually transmitted infections. In the United States, one out of every seven people aged 14 to 49 are at risk of getting genital herpes and this infection approximately affects 776,000 new people per year. Take the following quiz to find out if you could be suffering from a possible genital herpes infection.
No. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.
Viral. Caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Antiviral Medicine. Symptoms are treated with antiviral medications (Zovirax, Famvir, or Valtrex), however there is no cure.
1 month or longer. The symptoms from the initial outbreak can take over 20 days to disappear.
Yes. During your initial outbreak, you should refrain from sex until all symptoms are gone.
Yes. Once you get infected, you will have the virus for life.