Genital herpes

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What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is usually caused by human herpesviruses 2 (HSV-2) but some cases are caused by HSV-1. Blister-like lesions develop in the genital area within 4-7 days after initial exposure and slowly heal over one to two weeks. The virus remains in the body and recurrent outbreaks can occur.

Common symptoms reported by people with genital herpes

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with genital herpes

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
genital herpes (9) herpes outbreak (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
genital herpes (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)

Data from patients with genital herpes, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with genital herpes

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zovirax)
Perceived effectiveness
for genital herpes (8 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic dehydration decreased appetite 2 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
genital herpes (9) herpes outbreak (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Valtrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for genital herpes (8 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
genital herpes (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (3) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches lightheadedness 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) hunger
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with genital herpes, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has genital herpes on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 29
30s 79
40s 64
50s 67
60s 38
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 20
20-29 years 48
30-39 years 27
40-49 years 26
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 76
Female 205

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 158
Not Diagnosed 9

These charts show data from genital herpes patients who have completed their condition history
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