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Genital Herpes

Herpes is a virus that is spread by genital contact, oral sex, or oral-anal contact during an active outbreak or during the few days before an outbreak.

To prevent the spread of herpes, avoid sexual contact during an active outbreak and use condoms and dental dams for sexual contact between outbreaks. Because genital herpes can infect skin around the penis, vagina, or anus, condoms reduce but do not eliminate the risk of transmission.

Some people have no symptoms at all, but those that do may experience one or more blisters on the mouth, genital or anal areas.

Genital herpes may be diagnosed by visual inspection, by taking a culture from a sore or a blood test.

You may get tested for genital herpes and all other STIs at University Health Services. Call (512) 471-4955 to make an appointment.

Other Sexually Transmitted Infections

Hepatitis B