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Herpes is a very common condition that affects an estimated one in five people in the United States. However, it is believed that up to 90 percent of people do not realize they have genital herpes. You may wonder how you can have herpes without knowing it, but this is very common. In many cases, people have very mild symptoms that are often mistaken for another condition or missed altogether.

One of the most frustrating aspects of herpes is that the symptoms can vary so widely from person to person. This is why we recommend you come into Urgentology Care forsexually transmitted disease (STD) testing. If you notice any lesions or other marks that you have not seen before, we encourage you to come into our urgent care clinic to be tested for herpes.

Schedule a same-day appointment at Urgentology Care in Arlington for herpes diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosing Herpes

Genital herpes is an STD that is caused by either the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both genital herpes and oral herpes can be spread through saliva, either in a sexual context or during childhood because of non-sexual contact with saliva. In the United States, genital herpes is extremely common, with more than one out of every six people between the ages of 14 and 49 contracting the virus.

There are several different ways in which herpes are diagnosed. In some cases, your Urgentology Care healthcare provider may be able to diagnose herpes by looking at your symptoms. We often take samples from the sores people have and test them or use a blood test to check for any herpes antibodies. We understand that this can be a very sensitive subject, but we encourage you to discuss your health, sexual activity, and any concerns with your healthcare provider openly and honestly.

Symptoms of Herpes

Both HSV types of herpes can result in blistery, red sores. However, there are some differences in the other symptoms:

  • HSV-1 symptoms: If you have HSV-1 herpes, the infection will likely start with sores on the lips or inside the mouth. These first symptoms may also develop in the genital region if the virus was transferred during oral sex. This virus can take anywhere from one to 26 days for the symptoms to appear. Other signs include:
    • Raised, reddish areas on the skin
    • A group of fluid-filled blisters on a red area of skin
    • Blisters that develop with a crust on them
  • HSV-2 symptoms: HSV-2 herpes does not always carry symptoms, especially in men. If a person does show symptoms, they usually include pain in and around the penis or vagina. Many people report this pain worsens with urination or during sexual activity. There may be sores that are red, fluid-filled, or crusty. With this type of herpes, these sores may develop, go away, and recur for years if left untreated.

Treating Herpes

Typically, herpes does not go away completely, often appearing and resolving from time to time. When it comes to treating herpes, we focus on helping patients find relief and becoming more comfortable. If you have HSV-2, it is important that the virus is not spread to other partners or newborns.

If you have shown any of the above symptoms or fear you may have herpes, please come into Urgentology Care today.

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