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Genital herpes

Sexually Transmitted Infections.

What is it?

Genital Herpes Herpes on the face is called a cold sore but you can get it on the genitals or anywhere else. There is no known cure for Herpes though there are treatments available that will help some people. You can get it through kissing (mouth to mouth), oral sex, and penetrative sex and through skin to skin contact.
What are the symptoms?
Sometimes there are no symptoms. Men and women may have one or more symptoms

At this time the virus is highly infectious.

What is it caused by?

A virus called Herpes Simplex.

How is it diagnosed?

By looking at any sores or by taking a swab.

How is it treated?

No cure is available but, an anti viral drug in tablet form can reduce the severity and length of the episodes. You can get these from your GP or Sexual Health clinic.  If you are getting 6 or more attacks per year your doctor might suggest going on long term treatment for a year.
It is also important that you be tested for other STI’s

What can happen if it’s not treated?

Causes painful sores on or around the genitals.  A pregnant woman might infect her baby.

Safer Sex

You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have a sexually transmitted infection, so if you are having sex (oral, anal or vaginal) the only way to make sure you are not putting yourself at risk is to practise safer sex.
This means:

Condoms / Femidoms also protect you from other STIs including HIV. Always check the packaging for the British Standard kitemark or European product mark as well as the date of expiry.
Free condoms are available throughout Dumfries & Galloway. See the Clinic List.

Testing and treatment is available from:

  • General Practitioners
  • Sexual Health D&G, Nithbank, Dumfries.
    Daily drop-in Mon-Fri 9.00-11.00am
    Mon 4.30-6.00pm
  • Stranraer Community Hospital
    Every Monday 5.00 - 6.30pm
    Every Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30am
Tel: 0345 702 3687 for other appointments