Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the HSV-1 or HSV-2 virus and infects both men and women. People who have genital herpes could experience sores, pains, and itching in their genital area while on the other hand there are some people who will not display such symptoms. The infection could be contagious even though an individual has no sores that are visible.


Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The major way the virus is spread is through sexual contact. After the first point of contact, the virus can remain dormant in a person’s body and can reoccur various times in a year.

There are two types of herpes simplex virus infections that can lead to genital herpes occurring. They are:


This type of virus causes fever blisters or cold sores around the mouth but it can also spread to a person’s genital area during oral sex.


This is the type of virus that typically causes genital herpes. The virus is transmitted through sexual contact as well as body to body contact. This virus is very common and can be extremely contagious whether you have an open sore or not.


A lot of people who have genital herpes do not know they have the infection because they do not exhibit any symptom or their symptoms are minor. When infected, typical symptoms of genital herpes an individual will have include:

  • You start to feel pain or itch between two-ten days after being in contact with a sexual partner that is infected
  • Formation of ulcers due to the rupture or bleeding of blisters
  • As the ulcers get healed, scabs tend to form
  • White small blisters or small red bumps that could appear several days later

At first, you may have flu symptoms like a headache, fever, muscle aches and swelling in your groin. Also, ulcers could make urinating painful and until the infection clears up people could discover that their genital area is tender.

Sores are visible in the areas of your body where the infection entered. The infection can spread when you touch the sores and rub other parts of your body.

Sores can appear on the buttocks, mouth, and anus for both men and women. Men could also have sores on their thighs, scrotum, and penis while women could also have sores on their cervix and vaginal region.
Over the years, the symptoms come and go and vary for people. While some people can have various bouts each year other people may experience bouts once in a while.

When the infection comes back before sores appear, people will feel some level of itching, tingling and burning sensation in the area of their body where the infection first occurred along with pain in their legs, lower backs, and buttocks. One thing to note is that when the infections come back they are less painful and heal faster.


Basically, there is no cure for genital herpes. You should see your doctor who can prescribe some antiviral medications for you and tell you how to use them only when symptoms of an outbreak occurs as well as when there are no signs of an outbreak.

This test is coming soon to myLAB Box

We currently do not offer Genital Herpes testing, yet. We are close to launching this kit though and should be able to ready by the end of 2016.