Management Diagnosis is confirmed by cell culture or by the detection of viral DNA with polymerase chain reaction PCR the latter providing greater sensitivity. Natural history of genital herpes simplex virus type 1 infection. Timely diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid or delay more-severe, potentially life-threatening health problems and to avoid infecting others. Anyone having sex is at risk of getting this pesky infection. A single chancre is typical, but there may be multiple sores.
The same virus that causes genital herpes can cause lesions in the genitals, anus, or perianus.
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. Others, such as gonorrhea, can only be transmitted through sexual contact. Thinking or hoping your partner doesn't have an STI is no protection — you need to know for sure. Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea. The initial symptom of genital herpes usually is pain or itching, beginning within a few weeks after exposure to an infected sexual partner.