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What is Genital Herpes?

Description of the disease

Genital herpes is a viral infectious disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is transmitted through sexual contact and causes the formation of painful blisters on the genital organs.


  • Genital herpes can be primary (during the first infection) or recurrent (during subsequent recurrences).


  • Painful tingling blisters on the genital organs
  • Itching and burning in the genital area
  • Painful urination


Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 2, which is transmitted through sexual contact.


Diagnosis is based on clinical manifestations, results of laboratory tests (PCR diagnostics, immunofluorescence method), and examination of blood serum for the presence of antibodies to the virus.


  • Use of antiviral drugs (acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir)
  • Use of anti-inflammatory agents
  • Use of analgesics


Use of condoms, limiting the number of sexual partners, and regular medical check-ups.


For the diagnosis and treatment of genital herpes, it is necessary to consult a dermatovenereologist or gynecologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.