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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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wisegreeneyes wisegreeneyes 8 years
the HVA here in England told me that over the counter products for mouth cold sores can be used on the genitals and work perfectly well. When i asked her why it says on the pack not to be used on the genitals she said - the health system don't want anyone knowing there's a product that will help the symptoms of genital herpes or the numbers would rocket. I can't believe that in this techno age with rockets on the moon that this cant be cured - look at what was first said with AIDS and now its perfectly manageable albeit with a cocktail of drugs. Just venting my frustration. Sadly my catholic upbringing rings in my ears daily. I truly believe this virus had ruined my life. I regret it every day - every single day - although you wouldn't know it to see me. Shame makes me hide my feelings.
jen157 jen157 9 years
It's true colormesticky viruses aren't curable but you would think there would be a vaccine by now like they have with HPV Herpes only has a few strians so you would think it would be easier then hpv which has over a hundred.
XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 10 years
Why can't everyone wait till they're married to have sex? Then there wouldn't be disseases passed around.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Viruses aren't curable, although you'd think they would at least have a vaccine for it by now.
skiacresluv skiacresluv 10 years
I sometimes wonder if they COULD have a cure for herpes, but because it's not life threatening and pharmacutical companies make money from it, they won't cure it. Either way, that's very sad about Beaner's friend!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Good point chatoyante - even if you have Herpes, you can still be intimate, as long as you take precautions.
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
Yeah...beaner's friend should ditch him and find someone who's a little more open-minded! So she has herpes, it's not like she IS herpes.
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 10 years
Beaner, that is SO sad about your friend's bf. What an ass. I wonder what his reasoning is? But also, why is she with him?? It makes me so sad.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I have a friend who got Herpes from someone who never told her he had it - it's awful. She's really upfront with people she's with, which is great, but her boyfriend said he could never marry her because of it.
Skinplistic Skinplistic 10 years
This is very informative, it's a serious issue that should be addressed. Thanks
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