Get a rapid Herpes test (HSV):
This test is carried out by means of a smear of the lesion and the result is obtained in 20 minutes. If you prefer, we can also take the blood sample, in which case the results would be obtained in approximately 48/72 hours.
You can go WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.
Our doctor will guide you on the differences in both ways of performing the test.
Do not hesitate to take the test and ensure your health and that of those around you.
What is genital herpes and what are its symptoms?
There are two types of VHS:
- The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) usually affects the mouth and lips and causes cold sores (cold sores) or fever blisters. However, it can be transmitted from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex.
- Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) almost always causes genital herpes and can be transmitted through oral or genital secretions (fluids).
You can get herpes if your skin, vagina, penis, or mouth come in contact with someone who already has herpes.
You are more likely to get herpes if you touch the skin of someone who has sores, blisters, or a rash. However, the herpes simplex virus can spread even when there are no ulcers or other symptoms present. In some cases, he may have been in contact with the virus and not have any symptoms.
Genital HSV-2 infections are more common in women than men.
Many people with genital herpes never get sores or have very mild symptoms that they don’t even notice or mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.
If signs and symptoms actually occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite severe. The first outbreak usually occurs within two days to two weeks of becoming infected.
Generalized symptoms can include:
- Lack of appetite
- General unwillingness
- Muscle aches in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, or knees
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the groin during an outbreak
Genital symptoms include small, painful blisters filled with clear or straw-colored fluid. They are generally found:
- In women: blisters can be on the outer labia, vagina, cervix, around the anus, and on the thighs or buttocks.
- In men: blisters can be on the penis, scrotum, around the anus, on the thighs, or on the buttocks.
- In both sexes: blisters can be on the tongue, mouth, eyes, gums, lips, fingers, and other parts of the body.
- Before the blisters appear, there may be tingling, burning, itching of the skin or pain where the blisters will appear.
- When the blisters break, they leave superficial ulcers that are very painful, which eventually crust over and heal slowly over 7 to 14 days or more.
Other symptoms can be:
- Painful urination
- Women may have vaginal discharge or may be unable to empty their bladder and require a urinary catheter.
A second outbreak can appear weeks or months later. It is usually less severe and goes away sooner than the first outbreak. Over time the number of outbreaks may decrease.
Genital herpes cannot be cured, but antivirals can be prescribed:
- They help relieve pain and discomfort during an outbreak by healing ulcers more quickly.
- In case of repetitive outbreaks, the medicine should be taken as soon as the tingling, burning or itching begins or as soon as the blisters appear.
- People who have a lot of flare-ups can take these medications daily for a time. This can help prevent flare-ups or shorten their duration. It can also reduce the chance of passing herpes to someone else. But this decision must be supervised by a doctor.
Pregnant women can be treated for herpes during the last month of pregnancy to reduce the chance of having an outbreak at the time of delivery. If there is an outbreak around the time of delivery, a cesarean section will be recommended to reduce the chance of infecting the baby.