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STDs in Hiding: Genital Herpes

Many people today are unaware they have genital herpes because they are not familiar with the symptoms of the disease. The symptoms of genital herpes are basically the same for both women and men, and we will go into a more in depth discussion of these symptoms in this article.

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Common symptoms of genital herpes:

  • oblong sores around genital area
  • burning or itching sensation in the infected area
  • fever or flu-like symptoms
  • achy muscles

If you experience the above symptoms together, you should get tested and seek medical attention.

There currently is no cure for the genital herpes virus, however early detection and treatment can result in a better controlled and less painful experience. Different types of medication can alleviate the discomfort and swelling that accompanies this virus. The first outbreak is often the most painful, and as years pass the outbreaks  tend to get more bearable with the proper medication.

Living with genital herpes

Each person is affected by genital herpes is different ways. Some people experience outbreaks every single month, while others get it once a year or go years without any effects of the virus. Medications can help keep the outbreaks and pain to a minimum.

Anyone affected by genital herpes should always wear a condom during intercourse. Condoms can prevent the spreading of the virus but do not absolutely eliminate the chance of spreading the disease. The condom has tiny microscopic pores that can allow the virus to seep through and to an uninfected partner. Although it can help prevent the spread, do not rely on condoms to keep a partner from contracting herpes.

Testing for genital herpes

Testing is an important step if you think you may have a sexually transmitted disease. Without testing, you’ll be guessing at your condition. Before beginning treatment, you must know if you have genital herpes. For confidential and convenient genital herpes testing, visit the TEST SMARTLY LABS facility near you.

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  1. Comment by Waterloo Automotive on August 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Get yourself tested Ladies and Gentlemen. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

  2. Comment by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Union Station on August 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Gross, definitely agree with Waterloo Automotive. You can never be too careful.

  3. Comment by Tim Futh on August 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Sucks to know it can hide so well but thats why you get tested.

  4. Comment by Cynthia Slagle on August 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    It is extremely important to get yourself tested if you suspect you may have contracted the virus, or if you had intercourse with someone who does have it. Hoping that someday soon there will be a cure!

  5. Comment by Courtney Pollard on August 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    It would make easier if you could tell you had it but I guess thats why you can always get tested.

  6. Comment by Daniel Miller on August 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    No matter your age, its important to use protection as STDs are contracted at any age. They really need to find a cure!

  7. Comment by Curt Mayes on August 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I can’t believe there are so many different kinds of STD’s now. Testing is smart!

  8. Comment by Tim Hazlett on August 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Didn’t know there were so many different “hiding” STDs. Glad I can always get tested.

  9. Comment by Jim Riffe on August 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    STDs are so dangerous because you often don’t know you have one until its too late and you’ve passed it along to someone else. Using protection is key in prevention.

  10. Comment by Kenny Brewer on August 27, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    There is nothing scarier than having to find out test results. Protect yourself and your partner.

  11. Comment by Roy McDaniel on August 27, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    These are scary diseases, and are commonly unnoticed. Awareness surrounding the issues goes a long way.

  12. Comment by Mark Hansen on August 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Awareness needs to be present at school, and among parents. Help stop these situations, by talking to your kids.

  13. Comment by Randy Welch on August 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Don’t be scared if you’re experiencing the symptoms. Make sure to visit a physician.

  14. Comment by Tim Rebori on August 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Being honest with your partners will help alleviate any scares later. Get tested and be sure, and always wear protection.

  15. Comment by Tim Rebori on August 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    It’s always better to get tested and know your clean. STD’s doesn’t mean your life is over, just have to take precautions.

  16. Comment by Mark Hudson on August 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    You never know anymore. Communication is key to stopping the spread.

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