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Herpes genitalis is an infection of the genitals involving the Herpes Simplex Virus.
HSV is asymptomatic in the majority of cases but when symptoms appear, they are usually characterised by genital sores on the outer surface of the genitals.
These usually appear 4 – 7 days after exposure to HSV for the first time. Less common symptoms include pain, itching and burning.
Genital herpes is usually a chronic and recurrent condition. The virus tends to stay dormant and is reactivated by certain triggers.
At least 8 out of 10 people who carry the virus are unaware that they do due to the lack of initial symptoms.
Genital herpes is common in the UK and in 2008 alone, 29,000 people attended a clinic with the first clinical attack of herpes.
If you have noticed changes or lesions, or if you have had unprotected sex, the test for herpes involves a swab or blood test.
This test takes 4 - 7 days to process by blood sample or swab.
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Q: Tell me more about the symptoms
A: Symptoms sometimes do not appear for a long time after you contract HSV. If you notice symptoms when initially infected, this will happen 4 – 7 days after exposure. This is known as primary infection and these tend to be more severe than recurrent infections.
Primary infection symptoms include painful red blisters that burst to leave open sores on the genitals, rectum, thighs and buttocks. Women experience ulcers on the cervix and discharge. A high temperature is common as is a feeling of feeling generally unwell. These symptoms last up to 20 days and the sores will eventually heal.
After this episode, the virus will remain inactive and will be reactivated from time to time causing recurrent infections. These episodes are usually shorter and less severe as your body has produced antibodies to fight the infection. Symptoms tend to last for around 10 days. In most cases, you won’t experience fever and the general feeling of being unwell in recurrent episodes.