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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

  • blisters
  • open sores
  • pain in the infected area
  • itching
  • 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
  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • 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.

Tags: STDs, herpes