Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

Herpes Simplex Virus-2

What is Genital Herpes?

Genital Herpes, mainly caused by the Herpes Simplex Viruses Type 2 (HSV-2), is transmitted through sexual contact. The incubation period averages 2-5 days.

What are the symptoms of Genital Herpes?

Genital Herpes usually affects the surface of genital area. The affected area has a burning or tingling sensation, followed by the appearance of characteristic grouped small vesicles in pin-pointed to green bean size. Some patients may also suffer from malaise and appearance of lymph glands in the groin.

Is Genital Herpes curable?

There is no treatment that can cure herpes completely.


Research findings reveal that antiviral medications cannot completely eradicate herpes to relapse and the likelihood of transmission to partners. In addition, antiviral medications can also cause possible side-effects and drug resistance. Thus, doctor will, according to patient’s condition, prescribe suitable medications for symptom relief. Meanwhile, healthy lifestyle and avoid inducing factors can reduce the chance of herpes relapse.

What are the causes of herpes relapse?

How does HSV-2 affect newborn babies?

HSV-2 can be transmitted from a mother to her baby before, during or after birth. It may cause serious encephalitis and hepatitis. Pregnant women with a history of herpes infections should inform the doctor of the condition before giving birth.