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Genital Herpes


Morgan Dancause

     Well, genital herpes is a very common STI. In fact, in the United States one out of every six people from the age of 14-49 years old have genital herpes. You can get genital herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The herpes sores carry the virus and once they make contact it can cause infection. Also, you can get it from your partner whether the sores are visable or not.

How do you get it?

Symptoms are very mild or sometimes don't show at all. Because of this most people won't know they have it right away. Sores usually appear as blisters around the genitals, rectum, and mouth. If that blister breaks it will be painful and will take weeks to heal, this is know as an outbreak. During the first outbreak he/she will most likely experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, and swollen glands. If you or your partner are experiencing an unusual sore, smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or bleeding between periods you should visit a clinic or a doctor.

 How do you know you have it?


Unfortunately, there is no cure for herpes. Although, there are medicines that can prevent or shorten outbreaks. There is a medicine you can take daily to decrease the chance of passing it on to a sex partner.

Can it be cured?

Usually you can just find a clinic near you to get tested. Here are some you can go to in Lebanon County, PA: 

             Lebanon Family Health Services- 615 Cumberland St, Lebanon, PA, 17042

             PA Department of Health Lebanon County State Health Center- 9 N 9th Street, Lebanon, PA, 17046


Where can you get tested or treated?


It can cause very painful sores especially for people who don't have strong immune systems like other people. DO NOT touch the sores because if you do you can spread it to other parts of the body. If you do touch them make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and immediately after contact is made.

What can happen if you don't get treated?

1. If sores are not visible can you still get gential herpes? Yes, you can get it,  if they're visible or not.


2. During an outbreak what symptoms could you experience? Flu-like symptoms.


3. Is there a cure? No, but there are medicines you can take to prevent or shorten outbreaks.


4. Can you spread to other parts on your own body? Yes, you can if you touvh the sores.