Genital Herpes

Disease:  Genital Herpes


Scott County Health Department will test? yes
Scott County Health Department will treat? no

What is it? How do I get it?

Virus - direct contact (may be sexually transmitted - oral , vaginal or rectal)


  • Vary greatly - small, painful bumps and/or blisters
  • Itchy
  • Lesions usually appear 2-12 days after infected
  • Culture most accurate to diagnose

What happens if not treated?

  • Stays in your body forever once you are infected
  • Skin infections if not kept clean

How can I protect myself?

  • Know symptoms - LOOK for symptoms
  • DON'T have sex if you have symptoms
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Use a condom - EVERY TIME YOU HAVE SEX

What to do:

  • Tell your partners if you have Herpes
  • Don't have sex until you call for your results
  • ALWAYS use a condom



Keep in mind that…

  • STDs may be passed from person to person regardless of the presence of symptoms.
  • STDs may be passed through all forms of sexual contact (oral, anal, vaginal).
  • STDs if untreated may lead to more severe problems.
  • Alcohol and drugs decrease your ability to make good decisions regarding your sexual behavior.


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