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Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes—Facts & Treatment

Genital herpes is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Two types of viruses are the cause: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Oral herpes, the kind that typically presents cold sores or fever blisters in the mouth area, is typically transmitted via non-sexual contact with saliva. It is important to note that while the two types of herpes are separate, oral herpes may cause genital herpes via oral sex when there is contact between the mouth and genitals. Genital herpes is treatable but unfortunately there is no cure. Genital herpes is estimated to affect 1 out of every 6 Americans within the 14 - 49 age group.

Symptoms


Symptoms of genital herpes may be mild or severe. In mild cases, someone might not even know that they have it. Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Pain and/or Itching
  • Ulcers
  • Scabs
  • Small Red Bumps
  • Tiny White Blisters

Some may experience flu-like symptoms during their first outbreak such as:

  • Headache
  • Muscle Aches
  • Fever
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes (groin)

Areas to Watch for Symptoms/Outbreaks

Men & Women

  • Anus
  • Mouth
  • Urethra
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs

Women

  • Cervix
  • Vaginal Area
  • External Genitals

Men

  • Scrotum
  • Penis

Treatment

As stated above, there is no cure for genital herpes, but there are antiviral medications available that may shorten the duration of outbreaks or even prevent outbreaks altogether. And daily therapy with antivirals may dramatically decrease the chance of passing genital herpes to sexual partners. Compounding pharmacists can work directly with your doctor to craft genital herpes medications specifically to his or her directions. Talk to your doctor about compounded medications for genital herpes and the many benefits of choosing compounded medications for all your medication needs.

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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA