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Have had genital herpes. Tested for HIV, Negative. What is going on?

I have had genital herpes for 13 years. In the last year i have had more frequent herpes outbreaks and it seems to have spread. There was once only a small place I got it on my outer labia but now its in my inner labia, in my butt crack and around my anus . What can be the cause? the outbreaks also occur in succession of each other. It will pop up at the initial place then ill immediately get one on the next place, and then the next... This can sometimes last a couple weeks until all areas have flared up and healed one by one. I have been tested for hiv , and Im negative and i feel pretty good physically so i am not sure why this would be happening. I was under the understanding that it got weaker as years went by not worse.
Asked On : Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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hi there,
am dr.surendran
nice to meet you here in HCMagic
Genital herpes affects the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals. It caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV is spread from one person to another during sexual contact.

HSV-2 most often causes genital herpes. HSV-2 can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals
Genital symptoms include the appearance of small, painful blisters filled with clear or straw-colored fluid. They are usually found:

In women: on the outer vaginal lips (labia), vagina, cervix, around the anus, and on the thighs or buttocks

In men: on the penis, scrotum, around the anus, on the thighs or buttocks

In both sexes: on the tongue, mouth, eyes, gums, lips, fingers, and other parts of the body

Before the blisters appear, the person may feel the skin tingling, burning, itching, or have pain at the site where the blisters will appear

When the blisters break, they leave shallow ulcers that are very painful. These ulcers eventually crust over and slowly heal over 7 - 14 days or more
Genital herpes cannot be cured. However, antiviral medication can relieve pain and discomfort during an outbreak by healing the sores more quickly. These drugs appear to help during first attacks more than they do in later outbreaks. Medicines used to treat herpes include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir.

For repeat outbreaks, start the medication as soon as the tingling, burning, or itching begins, or as soon as you notice blisters
hope helped your query

regards dr.surendiran hcmagic
Answered: Fri, 1 Feb 2013
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