How do you know you have genital herpes?
The most common symptom of genital herpes is a cluster of blistery sores — usually on the vagina, vulva, cervix, penis, buttocks, or anus. Other symptoms include
- open sores
- pain in the infected area
- burning feelings if urine flows over sores
- inability to urinate if severe swelling of sores blocks the urethra
Very severe first episodes may have symptoms that include
- swollen, tender lymph glands in the groin, throat, and under the arms
- general run-down feelings
- achy, flu-like feelings
Keep in mind that many people who have genital herpes have no symptoms. To speak to a health care provider about getting tested for herpes, contact your local Planned Parenthood health center.