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Genital herpes symptoms

Posted Dec 02 2008 7:02pm

Many people who have herpes are not aware they have it. But if you are having an “outbreak,” the symptoms are clear. After exposure, the first outbreak is often within two weeks.

Symptoms are
- small red bumps, blisters, or open sores on the penis, vagina, or on areas close by
- vaginal discharge
- fever
- headache
- muscle aches
- pain when urinating

- itching, burning, or swollen glands in the genital area
- pain in legs, buttocks, or genital area
Symptoms may go away and then come back. Sores heal after two to four weeks.

Note: Some people may have no symptoms. Most people with this type of herpes infection may never have sores. Sometimes, only very mild sores appear.

Source: National Women’s Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.womenshealth.gov

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