Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Herpes infections actually don’t often lead to a disease, though: Up to 90 out of 100 people who are infected will have either no symptoms or hardly noticeable symptoms. For this reason, experts increasingly refer to herpes as a sexually transmitted (STI). Once you have been infected with herpes viruses, they stay in your body for the rest of your life.
If symptoms arise, they can be painful and distressing. But there are treatments that can relieve the symptoms and shorten the outbreaks. If you’ve had herpes once, it usually keeps coming back. The good news is that herpes outbreaks become milder and less frequent over time.
But being diagnosed with genital herpes is still quite distressing for many people and brings up a number of questions: Where was I infected? How will I tell my partner – and who else should I even tell? Will I transmit the to my child if I’m pregnant? These are some of the questions you may be faced with after being diagnosed with genital herpes.