You need to know about genital herpes guys and gals– it’s an STI that’s pretty common. To give you the medical term, genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus or HSV1 and HSV2. Remember, using a condom is important. Genital herpes is spread during vaginal, oral or anal sex and if you’ve got a cold sore make sure oral sex doesn’t form part of your foreplay at this time – it’s easy to remember why this is so important, the herpes virus is spread from skin to skin contact.
It’s nothing to be afraid of but again you may not even know you have this one – the symptoms could easily be mistaken for something else. Symptoms can include blistering around the genitals, flu like symptoms, a rash, redness, and you might even have trouble going to the toilet due to swelling in your genitals.
If you think you have genital herpes, or any form of STI, get it checked out by your doctor as soon as possible – there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
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