What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a common STD (Sexually transmitted disease) that can start as a painful
bump or fluid filled blister in the genital area. Later, the lesion can break open and ooze
fluid and leave a painful, tender sore that will heal over the next 1-2 weeks. Herpes can
start as a single lesion or group of lesions. It can be a one time occurrence or a recurring
There are two different types of herpes simplex viruses. HSV type 1 usually causes oral
and lip herpes and rarely is the cause of genital herpes. HSV type 2 usually causes genital
herpes and rarely is the cause of oral and lip herpes.
How is Herpes transmitted?
Herpes virus is usually transmitted by skin to skin contact with someone infected with
the herpes virus.
What are the symptoms of someone infected with herpes?
Most individuals infected with herpes do not have any symptoms and are unaware of
being infected with herpes at all. In other words, it can be a SILENT INFECTION!!!
How do herpes lesions look?
Herpes usually appears on the skin as a group of blisters on the border of the lips or
How can herpes be diagnosed?
If you have a new skin lesion then a swab sample can be obtained and a culture can
confirm the diagnosis.
If someone has no lesions but he or she is concerned about a silent infection then a blood
test can reveal a recent or remote infection of the herpes virus by checking the type of
herpes antibodies present in blood.
What is my risk for other STDs if I’m infected with herpes?
Dr. Rehman recommends that any patient with one STD be tested for the other common
STDs as well. This provides patient and doctor peace of mind.
We can offer complete STD/STI panel testing!!
You can be tested right here in our hospital for any symptom or concern you may be
experiencing to ensure proper treatment for you and your partner. Testing can be as
simple as clinical evaluation by Dr. Rehman, urine/blood analysis, culture, and biopsy.
For certain STDs we may also offer Expedited Partner Therapy. For this, we may
provide prescriptions or medications for you to take home to your partner without
Dr. Rehman first examining him or her.