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What is Genital Herpes ?

This virus is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that manifests itself by the appearance of small painful blisters on the sexual organs. These little... lire la suite

What is Genital Herpes ?

This virus is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that manifests itself by the appearance of small painful blisters on the sexual organs. These little buttons are usually transparent and filled with liquid. Symptoms can appear and disappear, these blisters appear in flare-ups, they are visible for 5 to 10 days, then disappear before returning. It may take several months for symptoms to return. The genital herpes virus is spread by contact between the mucous membranes and the skin.

In the genitals, genital herpes causes itching, burning, blisters and sores.       

Genital herpes is not dangerous, but it does prevent sexual intercourse during attacks.

The condom does not fully protect against genital herpes. It is, however, one of the safest ways to avoid contracting STDs and STIs.

Genital herpes is thought to affect around 20% of the French population. Adults are mostly those most affected, but 60% of infected people who have symptoms do not know they are carriers of the virus. Most of the time, affected individuals mistake their symptoms for some other problem.

There is no vaccine against genital herpes, but viral treatment to reduce symptoms and help reduce the frequency of flare-ups.

If you would like to know how to protect yourself well against HIV and other STDs / STIs, you can watch our video How to put on a condom?

To learn more about other STDs / STIs you can watch all of our videos on the subject, such as What is gonorrhea?