Herpes genitalis is caused by a virus. You become infected by physical contact with someone who is the carrier of the virus. For example, if you come into contact with his or her rash on the skin or on the mucous membrane of the mouth, penis, vagina or anus. The risk of infection is greatest when someone has blisters or sores. Condoms do not protect 100 percent against herpes. This is because the blisters also occur in places that the condom does not protect.
The common cold sore is also caused by the herpes virus, but by a different type. The virus can also be transmitted during blowjobs and licking. So always check carefully that a customer has no cold sores.
A herpes attack usually starts with fever and muscle pain. You just do not feel good. Then symptoms follow such as:
After about 1-2 days, you develop fluid vesicles (a blister containing fluid). These blisters sit on or around the vagina, penis or anus. After about a week, these blisters will turn into small sores that slowly dry out, resulting in scabs. The blisters and the sores are the most contagious. A first infection gives the most symptoms. The following infections are milder.
Herpes can return. Particularly with reduced resistance, stress or when you have your period. Because it is a viral STI, it stays in your body.
You can only test for herpes when you have blisters or sores. If you have sores or blisters, please contact P&G Zevenhuizen as soon as possible to make an appointment. If you have had sex with someone you suspect of having herpes, you can always contact us to talk about it.
Because herpes is a virus, you can only treat the symptoms. Treatment with antiviral drugs only makes sense within 5 days after the first symptoms.
A first infection gives the most symptoms. The following infections are milder.