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What is Herpes? Find out with Dr. Dominic Rowley

June 15, 2017
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What is Herpes?


So what is herpes? Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by two types of viruses. These viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 (hsv-1) and herpes simplex type 2

Fluids found in a herpes sore carry the virus, and contact with these fluids can cause infection.

Herpes sores usually appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take weeks to heal. These symptoms are sometimes called “having an outbreak.”

To learn more about herpes virus, check out our video below with consultant physician in genitourinary medicine and LetsGetChecked medical director Dr. Dominic Rowley.



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The service, which delivers the results back to the customer within 2-3 days through a secure web portal, provides an alternative solution for those who might prefer the convenience and confidentiality of performing a test at home, rather than visiting a sexual health clinic.

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Written by Matthew Hennessy | LetsGetChecked Social Media and Communications