Genital herpes simplex is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by infection with herpes simplex virus – HSV1 and HSV2. It can cause oral or genital ulcers, or sometime ulcers of the eyes. Lesions usually appear 4-7 days after exposure to the virus. There is no cure for herpes simplex, after the initial infection, the virus will become latent and can reactivated by UV light (sunbathing or sunbeds), friction, smoking and alcohol, being unwell or stressed, during the menstrual cycle, or if your immune system is weakened by illness or medication.
It is important to start treatment with a short course of anti-viral tablets within 5 days of the start of the episode, so do not delay seeking medical attention if you notice blisters, sores, or lesions after sex. Tingling, burning, or itching, pain when you pee, and in women vaginal discharge are all symptoms of genital herpes. If you cannot access a specialist Sexual Health or Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic within a reasonable time then urgent treatment can be provided at Northway Clinic.
Usual Treatment – Aciclovir 200mg 5 times daily, for 5 days – £20.