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Genital herpes

Also known as Genital HSV and Herpes Genitalis

Herpes genitalis (or genital herpes) refers to a genital infection by Herpes simplex virus.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with genital herpes, 47% report having skin rash, 36% report having painful urination, and 33% report having vaginal pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of genital herpes are vaginal pain, vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, recent pregnancy, and skin pain, although you may still have genital herpes without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with genital herpes often receive urinalysis, pelvis exam, complete physical skin exam performed (ml), standard pregnancy test, chlamydia test, lipid panel, examination of breast and hiv screen .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with genital herpes include acyclovir, valacyclovir (valtrex), fluconazole (diflucan), famciclovir, terconazole topical, emtricitabine-tenofovir, ritonavir (norvir), nonoxynol 9 topical, pimecrolimus topical, podophyllum resin topical, reserpine (hhr), trifluridine ophthalmic and cabergoline .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for genital herpes include age 30-44 years, race/ethnicity = black and age 15-29 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get genital herpes.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
0.1x
15-29 years
2.5x
30-44 years
1.8x
45-59 years
0.8x
60-74 years
0.1x
75+ years
0.1x

Sex

Male
0.5x
Female
1.4x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.7x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
0.8x
Other
1.3x
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