What are the symptoms?

  • Stinging, tingling or itching in the genital or anal area.
  • One may feel generally unwell with flu-like symptoms such as headache, backache or a mild temperature. There may also be pains down the thighs, legs or in the groin.
  • Small blisters form, burst and leave small, red and painful ulcers. They usually heal within a week or two. Some sores are more severe and take longer to heal. Blisters are not always visible: in women they may be inside the vagina or on the cervix.
  • Passing urine may be painful, in women with genital herpes as the sores often come in contact with urine. (Cystitis also causes pain on passing urine, but with cystitis one usually feels the need to pass urine more often than usual. Not so with herpes).

| Herpes | Genital Herpes | Mouth Herpes |