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What Do the Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Look Like?

January 2010

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HERPES

Herpes is caused by a virus. There are two types of herpes: herpes simplex virus-1 and herpes simplex virus-2. You can get both types by having sex. The symptom of both types of herpes is a group of small sores or blisters that hurt. Sometimes the sores cannot be seen. Herpes is usually spread by coming in contact with the sores. Sometimes herpes can be spread even when the sores are gone. Medicine can be given to make the sores go away faster, but the person will have the virus the rest of their life.

The picture at left is an example of someone with anal herpes lesions. Some people have an outbreak of sores on a regular basis.


Where to get more information about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases

  1. Call the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. You can call them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-342-AIDS (2437).

  2. Send us a public question here at The Body. The website address is http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/index.html. Your e-mail address and name will NOT be revealed to anyone. Please make sure that your question does not already appear on our Ask the Expert page. Similar or identical questions will be posted on the website only once. This is to keep the website as readable as possible, and to make the website easier for people to use. To leave a question here, click on "ask a question" on this web page. The answer to your question will be posted as soon as possible.

  3. For more information about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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This article was provided by Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H..
 
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