Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two types of the virus, which can affect the mouth and nose (known as cold sores) or the genital and anal area, fingers or hands.
It is passed on by unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex, through sharing sex toys or through direct skin-to-skin genital contact.

Signs and symptoms

Often symptoms don't show or are very mild and go unnoticed, but typical signs of infection with the virus include:

Tests and treatment

For more information about herpes can be obtained from the Herpes Viruses Association on 0207609 9061 or visit www.herpes.org.ukĀ opens in a new window.
For information on STI testing contact the Sexual Medicine Service on 01803 656500.
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