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Like genital warts, genital herpes is a condition that often presents no symptoms and can remain undiagnosed for long periods of time. Symptoms may show in the form of flu-like symptoms, as well as the following:

  • Itchiness
  • Burning or tingling around the genitals
  • Small, fluid-filled blisters that burst to leave sores
  • Pain when passing urine.

The virus for genital herpes remains in the body as there is no treatment that gets rid of it completely. Antiviral drugs may be used to relieve the symptoms.

Self-help measures can reduce symptoms or prevent outbreaks. For example, avoiding stress, resting, stopping smoking, cutting- down on drinking and avoiding direct sunlight.

Genital Warts Genital Warts
Gonorrhoea Gonorrhoea

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Call 0300 303 2880 to book an appointment or return to the homepage for information on all bSHaW services.