Genital Herpes

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Genital Herpes

What is it?


Genital Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a virus. It can cause painful ulcers (breaks in the skin) to appear. Some people may only get one episode of herpes but in others it can cause repeat episodes of ulceration.


How do you get it?

  • From oral sex or genital to genital contact with someone who carries the herpes simplex virus, they may not know they carry the virus
  • You can get herpes without having penetrative sex
  • You can get herpes even if you use condoms, as a condom does not cover the whole genital area
  • Herpes simplex can be passed at birth from mother to baby


How do I know I have Genital Herpes?

  • You may feel uncomfortable in your genital area
  • You may have small painful blisters or ulcers around your genitals and/or anus
  • You may feel generally unwell with a temperature, muscle aches and you may feel enlarged lymph glands in your groin
  • Other things can cause breaks in the skin so it is important that you see a doctor to help confirm the diagnosis


Where can I get tested?

  • Make an appointment to see your GP or contact Grampian Sexual Health Services - call 0345 337 9900


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