STDs & Safe Sex
What is it?
An incurable viral infection usually caused by herpes simplex virus type 2. It is highly contagious, especially when the sores are present and until they are completely healed. Since herpes sores often spread to the area around the genitals, condoms may not protect from contact with the sores.
How is it harmful?
Causes periodic eruptions of painful sores on the genitals and surrounding areas of males and females.
What are the symptoms?
Sores, fever, chills, muscle aches, tiredness and headaches, swollen or sore lymph nodes, burning during urination, difficulty urinating, and genital discharge. However, some people may have no symptoms at all.
What is the treatment?
There is no cure. Certain drugs may control the signs and symptoms, but they do not affect the risk, frequency or severity of outbreaks after the drug has been discontinued.