How Did this Happen?

  • Contact with HSV sores
  • Contact with an infected area when infection is inactive (no sores present)
  • No penetration required!

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pink bumps or fluid filled sores that may itch, tingle burn or are painful
  • Swollen glands, muscle aches
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Unusual penile or vaginal discharge
  • Painful intercourse

What can I do now?

  • Herpes can be treated but not cured
  • Anti-viral medications can be used to shorted the course of outbreaks and to prevent recurrent outbreaks
  • Sexual intercourse – anal, oral, and vaginal – should be avoided during an outbreak

If I Ignore It, Maybe It Will Go Away?

  • No. If you see any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with a health care provider.
  • Rarely an infected mother may transmit it to her infant during childbirth, which may lead to severe brain damage, or death of the infant.

How Can I keep this from Happening Again?

  • Avoid contact with an active outbreak – wherever it may be – penis, vagina, vulva, testicles, anus, thighs, etc.
  • Condoms and dental dams do not off complete protection since “bump” may be present in uncovered areas like the thighs, testicles, and vulva.
  • HSV can also be shed when a person is asymptomatic – this means there are no physical symptoms.