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What are the symptoms of herpes?

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What to Watch For:

  • Symptoms show up 1-30 days after having sex.
  • Some people have no symptoms.
  • Flu-like feelings.
  • Small, painful blisters on the sex organs or mouth.
  • Itching or burning before the blisters appear.
  • Blisters last 1-3 weeks
  • Blisters go away, but you still have herpes. Blisters can come back.

How You Can Get It:

Spread during vaginal, anal, and oral sex with someone who has herpes. Skin to skin contact as well.

Long-term Effects if Untreated:

  • You can give herpes to your sexual partner(s). Even if you are not experiencing a break out.
  • Herpes cannot be cured.
  • A mother with herpes can give it to her baby during childbirth.


Herpes are not curable. Medication is available to help suppress future outbreaks.

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