Based in Virginia, Tyffani Benard began writing health-related articles in Her work has appeared in various online publications. Benard has a background in dentistry and science, and enjoys making these complicated subjects accessible to the general public through her writing. Herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. It can manifest itself as herpes simplex type 1, which usually results in an infection of the lips or mouth. It can also present as herpes simplex type 2, which usually results in infection of the genital region.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause small, painful sores in the genital area. The symptoms may include fever, itching, burning, and trouble urinating. But many people with the disease don't realize they have been infected with HSV, because either they have only mild or infrequent symptoms, or no symptoms at all. In women, herpes outbreaks can also be mistaken for vaginitis, urinary tract infections, or even hemorrhoids. Medications and lifestyle measures can help manage symptoms and reduce outbreaks. Counseling is also important, for several reasons.
Genital ulcers could be one of many sexually transmitted diseases or an infection that is not transmitted by sex. An expert walks you through a case. This is the first of a three-part series on sexually transmitted diseases. Part 2 will appear in the June issue.
You never forget your first time debriefing with your gynecologist. Mine was four years ago, at age 22, when I sat crumpled in a chair just like this. I never got another outbreak, but at 22, I still entered the dating world feeling like damaged goods. I was young, healthy, attractive, and grateful to anyone who agreed to fuck me after I told him I had herpes. Only at first.