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Herpes is an infection caused by a virus known as Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).

Key facts:

  • Herpes can affect the anal and genital area, as well as the mouth and nose.
  • Passed from one person to another during sexual contact and skin-to-skin contact.
  • Symptoms can appear 4-5 days after coming into contact with the virus. However, it may be in the body for weeks or months before any signs and symptoms will appear.
  • Symptoms can include feeling generally unwell, flu-like symptoms, stinging, tingling or itching in the anal or genital area.
  • Other symptoms include the appearance of small, fluid-filled blisters and pain when passing urine.
  • As with other viruses, herpes can reappear after treatment.

Testing and Treatments:

  • We can only diagnose through examination and confirm with a swab from the affected area.
  • There is no routine test for genital infections if you do not have any signs or symptoms.
  • You will be given a prescription of anti-viral tablets for 5 days and may be offered a cream to apply at home.