Herpes: Is it more Dangerous than a Cold Sore?

The Herpes Simplex Virus
Herpes HSV Lesions
Antibodies Attacking a Virus
Antibodies Attacking a Virus

Many of us associate herpes with a simple cold sore. We see commercials for quick and convenient treatment and think of it as mostly harmless. But is there more to herpes than a cold sore?

There are hundreds of the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) strands, but only two are spread sexually (HSV-1 and HSV-2).  Only HSV-1 is the culprit causing cold sores or fever blisters.

But HSV causes more than a simple cold sore; both HSV-1 and HSV-2 cause genital herpes, one of the most common STDs.

Genital herpes is spread through sexual activity with someone who already has it, either through contact of infected genitals or infected secretions. Unfortunately, symptoms can take up to 12 days to appear. This means genital herpes is spread very easily before symptoms occur.

Symptoms of genital herpes include:

  • Itching or tingling in the genital area
  • Small, painful blisters that pop and turn into sores
  • Fever, headache, or flu-like symptoms with the first infection

If you suspect you have genital herpes, don’t wait to get tested! While there is no cure for herpes, medication can be prescribed to speed healing and extra measures can be taken during intercourse to prevent the spread of disease.

Private Testing Center is here to help! We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.

Don’t leave your sexual health to chance. Call us at 888.249.6716 or Schedule an Appointment today.