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Herpes: Just The Facts

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Genital herpes is a long-term condition caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

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1. What are the symptoms?
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There are often few or no initial symptoms as the virus can remain in the blood stream for some time. The virus can be triggered causing outbreaks of painful blisters on your genitals and anal area.

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2. How is it tested?
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Can be diagnosed through a simple swab and/or a blood test.

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3. What is the treatment?
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There is no cure but symptoms can be managed using antiviral medicines.

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4. Share the treatment
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If you have herpes your partner should also be treated.

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