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Genital Herpes

What it is: Painful sores on or around the genitals. You can catch it through direct contact with open sores on someone else but you can also catch it if the infected person has no visible sores. There is no cure and sores may reappear from time to time.

Symptoms: Tingling or itching around genitals may appear within a week of exposure. A cluster of tiny blisters appears, bursts, and leaves painful sores that last 2-3 weeks. You may also get a fever and headache. Sores appear in, on or around genitals, anus, thighs or buttocks, and can also appear in and around the mouth after oral sex with an infected partner.

What to do: See a doctor as soon as you can. Medications can shorten attacks and make sores less painful. Keep the infected area as clean and dry as possible (wash towels before re-using them). Wear loose clothes made of cotton.

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