H.I. Period 3
12 November 2010
What is Genital Herpes?
Definition-Genital herpes is one of the most
common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
in the world. (Saulmon)
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms are burning, bumps, and blisters for both the male
and female. These can be found in many different places: “For both
genders, this can be on the upper thighs or buttocks, or around the
anus. For men, it can also be on the penis or scrotum (and the
surrounding area). For women, it can also be around or inside the
vagina.” (Saulmon) Burning and itching are signs that there are
more symptoms to come. It starts out as small red bumps, turning
into blisters, and then become painful sores.
How do you get it?
“Genital herpes is passed through direct
skin-to-skin contact with someone who’s
How do you prevent it?
The most affective way to prevent genital herpes is abstinence, not
having sex. Another way to prevent it is by using condoms, but you
have to remember they are not always affective 100% of the time.
How do you treat it?
“In addition to having checkups, see a doctor right away if you think you might have
genital herpes or any other sexually transmitted disease (STD). Only a doctor will be
able to figure out whether you’re infected. And only a doctor will be able to prescribe
medications if you need them. When it comes to genital herpes, early detection is
crucial. A diagnosis means you can start treatment and begin taking steps to keep
from spreading the disease to others.” (Saulmon)
Genital herpes are genital warts and sores. Women and men can
get this disease and give it to each other through skin contact. STDs
are very dangerous and terrible to have. Some can even kill you if
you don’t take care of it. If you think you might have genital herpes
or any other STD then you should see your doctor as soon as
possible to make sure you can stop it before it gets worse. No one
wants to get an STD, so you have to be very careful. If you are
planning on having sex, then you should talk to your partner and find
out if they have an STD before you have sex with them; the first step
to being safe and making sure you don’t get an STD is talking.
• Saulmon, Greg. "Genital Herpes." Teen Health and
Wellness. Rosen, 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.