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This is a viral infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus of which there a two different types which infect the genitals, anal and buttocks:-
One of the primary problems with this virus is that people often do not realise that they have the herpes virus or indeed that they are passing it on to other sexual partners. In quite a lot of people the symptoms are so mild that they are not even aware that they have the condition.
The initial outbreak can between 2-14 days after being infected and can continue for a few weeks. After this initial out break the virus can seem to disappear, it is lying dormant it will always be present in the body and will reoccur at different time intervals over the years, usually in a milder form.
The emotional effect that contracting herpes has is sometimes of deep concern to people, it is not the end of sexual relationships. The misguided stigma with which any STI is associated can still affect people today and there are counselling services that can help you with any worries or concerns you may have and will speak with you confidentially.
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