Genital Herpes Pictures
Herpes is a common viral infection. Genital herpes, HSV-2, is
a sexually transmitted disease that cause blisters or sores on
See Genital Herpes Pictures
See below for genital herpes pictures. Herpes simplex virus (HSV)
can be spread to others even without an outbreak. If you notice
an outbreak or the beginning of an outbreak, as in the pictures
below, you should avoid all sexual contact and seek medical treatment.
Genital herpes consists of breakouts or episodes that can last
up to a month. An infected person can then go for a period of
time symptom free before another outbreak occurs. These symptoms,
or blister-like sores, of the herpes virus are called prodrome
and are usually the only sign of an outbreak. These sores are
caused by the virus copying itself in the skin.
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The first breakout is usually the most severe and may also come
with tingling, itching or burning in the genitals. Reoccurrences
are usually milder and don’t last as long as the first but
should still be treated.
It is important to recognize the herpes virus so that if you
have it, you can get treatment immediately and prevent transmitting
it to others. Your doctor can perform tests to see if you have
HSV. Usually, the herpes virus is best diagnosed with the first
breakout. A swab is taken of the fluid from a blister and sent
You will also want to be tested for other STDs since often people
who have the herpes virus can have other sexually transmitted
You may notice in the pictures that the sores caused by the herpes
virus can look different on different people. It can also show
up in different areas of the genitals and even the anal area.
You may find sores on the head of the penis, the shaft, the base,
around the vaginal opening, the labia and even the cervix (although
you wouldn’t be able to detect this on your own). Men and
women can also have sores in the perineal area.
Oral herpes can also be spread to the genitals through
All sexual contact should be avoided if you have an outbreak
of either HSV-1 or 2. You should also be sure to wash your hands
immediately after touching a sore or outbreak.