Genital herpes is a common and highly contagious infection that is usually sexually transmitted.
Even though genital herpes are usually caused by herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), it is also possible to be caused by herpes simplex virus -1 (HSV-1), the virus usually responsible for cold sores.
Genital herpes transmission can happen via any kind of sex – genital to genital, oral to genital, and genital to anal.
Will I always have symptoms?
More often than not, most patients infected with herpes simplex virus (HSV) do not present with symptoms.
But if you do, symptoms may start with itchiness and tingling around the genitals, followed by blisters (usually multiple) that will turn into ulcers or sores.
They are almost always painful.
Sometimes, some may even develop a fever or flu like symptoms especially in the first episode.
It may take few days or even up to several weeks after catching the virus before symptoms appear.
Will I spread to my partner even if I do not have symptoms?
Yes, it is still possible, though risk of transmission is higher if the partner is symptomatic. You can get HSV from someone whether they have symptoms or not.
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Is there a cure for genital herpes?
Unfortunately there is no cure for genital herpes, however, the symptoms of painful blisters and ulcers can be treated with oral medication which significantly helps reduces the duration of the uncomfortable symptoms.
Even after treatment, symptoms of genital herpes can still potentially recur but the episodes are usually less painful and milder.
Suppressive treatment can help with those who suffer from recurrent genital herpes outbreak or those who wish to reduce their risk of infectivity to their herpes negative partner.
Will it affect my chances of pregnancy or harm my baby in the future?
Genital herpes does not affect your chances of getting pregnant.
However, other STDs like Chlamydia can actually affect your fertility if untreated.
Herpes infection will not infect your baby in the womb, however, if you do develop any herpes outbreak in the last few weeks before delivery, you may be advised to undergo a Caesarean section instead of vaginal delivery, to prevent infection to the baby, i.e neonatal herpes which can be dangerous.
Pre-conception screening is a comprehensive and holistic assessment of your pre-existing health and lifestyle – these are important factors that can influence the safety and success of your pregnancy, as well as the health of your unborn child.
So if you suspect that you have herpes and you wish to do a screening, please visit us or call us at
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