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STIs Explained: Genital Herpes

They say love is free, but having unprotected sex in this day and you might be paying the price forever. Did I get your attention? Well I am talking about some serious business since as I learned in high school - Genital Herpes is FOREVER. There is NO cure, so it's really important to take all precautions to prevent getting it.

STIs like Genital Herpes, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are 100% avoidable, and having no sexual contact would be ideal. Since that might not work, before becoming sexually active with anyone - make sure you and your partner get tested for all STIs before having unprotected sex.

Using latex or polyurethane condoms when having sex is also a great idea, but since a condom can't cover all the infected areas, it's no guarantee that you are 100% protected. Being in a mutually monogamous relationship with someone you know is uninfected is also a great way to keep yourself safe.

Want to hear all about Genital Herpes? Then

STI Symptoms How do you test for it? Treatment
Genital Herpes
  • Small, painful blisters - these can go away after 1-3 weeks but another outbreak can occur weeks or months after
  • Itching or burning before blisters appear
Blood test, or fluid is taken from the blisters and tested There is NO cure, but antiviral medications can shorten or prevent outbreaks.

Although it's rare for a pregnant woman to pass Genital Herpes onto her baby during delivery, a C-Section is usually performed.


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