Genital Herpes

Blood Borne Virus

It's More Common Than You Think

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). While it can be distressing to receive a diagnosis, it's important to know that you're not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 10 Australians carry the herpes virus.

Herpes can be transmitted through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. While using condoms can offer some protection, it is not completely foolproof.


Symptoms Include:

Small, painful blisters or sores in the genital or anal area

Itching, burning, or tingling sensations before the sores appear

Flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, body aches)

Vaginal Infections

Transmission & Treatment

While there's no cure for genital herpes, antiviral medications can help manage symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. These medications must be started as early as possible and can also help decrease the risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners.

If you have blisters on your mouth, genitals, or elsewhere, or if you suspect exposure to herpes, schedule a screening appointment for risk assessment, testing, and potential treatment.