Genital herpes is a viral STI caused by the herpes simplex type 2 virus. As a result of this infection, you will likely experience outbreaks of painful blisters and sores around the genital area. Because genital herpes is caused by a virus, this infection cannot be completely cured but it can be effectively treated during its active stage by antiviral medications.
During remission, you can live a perfectly normal life and will not experience any effects of this infection. During its active phase, genital herpes can cause uncomfortable symptoms in the form of blisters, sores or rashes around the genitals. You may also experience an increased discharge or a commonly experienced pain or burning sensation while urinating.
Tests and Treatments
At TestDiagnostics, you can choose to buy a Genital Herpes urine home sample collection test, or a Symptomatic Lesion home sample collection test. The urine test simply requires you to provide a morning urine sample and return the kit to our lab, while the Symptomatic Lesion test involves a cotton swab being taken of an infected sore, rash or blister on your body. If you are not displaying an active blister or rash, this test will not be as effective and you should rather choose the urine test. Both tests are processed using the most accurate STI testing methodology, PCR. Please note that the Genital Herpes test is 99% accurate for diagnosing a genital herpes infection, provided the STI is in its active phase.
Unfortunately, genital herpes is a viral STI which means that it cannot be completely cured. It is possible however to treat active symptoms of the infection with a prescription for Aciclovir tablets. This treatment is used to treat genital herpes caused by the HSV-2 virus, as well as cold sores or shingles caused by the HSV-1 virus. It can be used to treat the first outbreaks of genital herpes, as well as recurrent outbreaks over a longer period of time as it works by halting the spread of the virus in your body.
Because this infection can never be completely cured, you are able to pass this infection on to another person at any stage – especially during its active stage – which is why it is so important to get tested and be sure that you always have protected sex with your partner.
Genital Herpes FAQs
- What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a viral STI caused by herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) virus.
- Can it be cured?
Because this infection is viral, it can be effectively treated with antiviral medication. However, once you contract genital herpes you can never cure the infection completely.
- How is genital herpes spread?
Genital herpes can be spread through unprotected sexual contact, such as genital to genital contact or genital to oral contact. It is also spread through contact with infected herpes blisters or sores.
- What are the genital herpes symptoms?
Genital herpes often appears in the form of painful red blisters or sores around the genital area when it is in its active state. When it is in remission, you won’t experience any symptoms but the virus will still be in your system.
- How is genital herpes diagnosed?
Genital herpes can be diagnosed through a simple urine test or a swab of the infected blister or sore.