Genital Herpes Symptoms and Warning Signs

What are genital herpes symptoms and warning signs? Are you asking yourself the terrifying question, "Do I have genital herpes?"

Genital herpes or Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 (HSV-2) is a contagious and irritating virus affecting the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals.

The virus is normally spread by direct skin-to-skin contact and is characterized by the development of sores, blisters or ulcers in or around the genital area and the rectum.

Although the signs and symptoms can vary greatly between individuals the most common first signs include:

  • tingling or burning sensation when urinating
  • discharge from the penis or vagina
  • rash or
  • tenderness in the genital area

You may also experience "flu-like" symptoms such as:

  • headache
  • low grade fever
  • fatigue
  • sore joints or aching muscles

Another common sign that an outbreak is coming on is your lymph node glads located in your groin area may be painful, tender or swollen.

HOWEVER....most people have NO symptoms at all or the symptoms are very mild and easily mistaken to be a pimple, bump or yeast infections.

The first outbreak is normally worse when compared to following recurrences. Many people may not experience a reoccurring outbreak for months and even years after the initial primary first outbreak. The severity of the herpes simplex symptoms decreases over a time. Moreover, the frequency of the outbreaks is usually continuously reduced. Simply put....they decrease in time.

Just Because You Have Genital Herpes Symptoms DOES NOT Mean Your Life Is Over!

The media has overblown and exaggerated the herpes virus and most doctors know this fact.

DID YOU KNOW.....Screening for genital herpes is not a part of the standard STD testing protocol? That's right! When you request a STD screen test you are most likely NOT being tested for the herpes virus.

You're not goig to die. It doesn't mean that you're dirty. It doesn't mean that you can never have sex again and it's certainly not something to be ashamed of. It's just a virus like any other.

Believe it or not it's not a condition that will call for making a drastic lifestyle change. So don't make this irritating skin condition into something that it's not. It's just a skin condition that occasionally causes some discomfort.

Remember that having genital herpes symptoms does not mean you've done anything wrong. It is not a reflection on you, your character, or your values. With the proper lifestyle, diet and treatment you'll find that living with genital herpes to be, at most, an annoyance.

If You Are Experiencing Genital Herpes Symptoms... See a Doctor!

If you are experiencing signs of herpes you should get to the doctor as soon as possible. Genital herpes signs and symptoms can also be symptoms other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that can cause you "real" health problems or you could have the FLU.

However, if you are asking yourself, "Do I have Genital Herpes", you are most likely experiencing the classic symptoms and it's likely that you've got a reason to be checked out by a doctor.


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