Genital Herpes is responsible for herpetic sores, which are painful blisters (fluid-filled bumps) that can break open and ooze fluid. A good number of people between the ages of 14 and 49 are infected with this STD.
Two types of herpes simplex virus are responsible for genital herpes:
These viruses get into your body through your mucous membranes—the thin layers of tissue that lines the openings of your body. They can be found in your mouth, nose, and genital. Once inside your body, they attach themselves to your cells and stay in the nerve cells of your pelvis. Viruses adapt easily to their environment and multiply, which makes them difficult to treat.
HSV-1 or HSV-2 can be seen in infected person’s bodily fluids, including saliva; semen; and vaginal secretions.
Genital herpes is recognised with the appearance of blisters—a condition described as an outbreak. This first outbreak appears as early as two days, or as late as 30 days after contracting the virus.
Getting tested is not only quick and easy, it’s the only way to know for sure
if you do or do not have an STD.
Babies born with genital herpes have symptoms which include ulcers on the face, body, and genitals. Other severe complications for babies can be blindness, brain damage, or death.
At STI Clinic London, we take precautionary measures to prevent your baby from contracting this STD.
We perform a visual examination of the herpes sores. It can also be diagnosed through laboratory testing. We can take your blood sample to diagnose herpes simplex virus before you experience an outbreak. Make an appointment with us if you think you have been exposed to genital herpes, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms yet.
We recommend antiviral drugs to help speed up the healing time of your sores and reduce pain. You can take this medication at the first sign of an outbreak (tingling, itching, and other symptoms) to reduce the symptoms. We also prescribe preventive medications for those not yet infected.
We advise the use of mild cleansers when bathing or showering in warm water plus other home care guidelines,
For pregnant women, we offer pregnancy-safe treatments before, during, and after your delivery to ensure a healthy delivery. In the long-term, we recommend safe sex practice and the use of condoms.
See us today to get tested and for more information on managing your outbreak and possible treatment plans and procedures.