What is herpes simplex?

Herpes simplex is a viral infection that can affect the mouth, genitals or the anal area. It is contagious and can cause sores and other symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

It is common for someone with herpes simplex not to have any symptoms, however even without experiencing any symptoms, a person who is infected can spread the infection.

When people experience symptoms, they will usually include sores. Other symptoms include;

  • Flu like symptoms
  • Localized itching, tingling or burning sensation
  • Problems urinating
  • Eye infections

Should I get tested?

It is usually possible for a doctor to diagnose through carrying out physical examination of symptoms. The sores are easy to identify.

How do I get treatment?

Although there is no cure, anti-viral treatments are available to help control the symptoms and reduce the frequency of outbreaks.