Genital Herpes

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Genital Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) infection is the most common ulcerative STI in the UK. 

Symptoms

Symptoms can start with mild soreness and groups of small painful blisters appearing on the genitals and surrounding areas. These can quickly break to form shallow painful lesions or ulcers. Sometimes people have flu-like symptoms and pains in the groin and down the legs.

Treatment

Early treatment is advisable with a course of antiviral tablets. Treatment helps to shorten the time you are unwell and works best if taken as quickly as possible after symptoms start. Treatment is not a cure and repeat attacks are possible.