Infections

Herpes Simplex 1 & 2

What is Herpes Simplex 1 & 2?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by 2 viruses. These viruses are called herpes simplex 1 and herpes simplex 2.

How is Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 spread?

You can get herpes by vaginal, oral or anal sex with someone who has the disease. It is transmitted by close physical contact.

How will I know I have Herpes Simplex 1 & 2?

80% of people do not know they have the virus. A minority will develop a severe outbreak of genital sores usually as one or more painful blisters around the genitals, rectum or mouth. These are usually more severe in females. When this outbreak occurs both males and females can experience flu like symptoms such as

  • fever
  • body aches
  • swollen glands
  • tingling pain in genital area, buttocks and legs.

Repeat outbreaks of genital herpes are common in the first year of infection. Repeat outbreaks can be shorter and less severe than the first. The infection can stay in your body for the rest of your life, however the number of outbreaks decrease over a period of years.

How is Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 diagnosed?

A simple urine test for men and women.

What is the treatment for Herpes Simplex 1 & 2?

A prescription for pain relief and antiviral medication if symptomatic.