Genital herpes is very contagious and it is caused by the herpes type virus HSV. HSV enters the body through small cracks in the skin and mucous membrane. Most people with HSV never know they have it, because there are no signs or symptoms. Or they may be mild and go unnoticed. When noticed, the first episode is generally the worst. Some people never experience a second episode, and others, however, can experience episodes over a period of several decades.
When present, symptoms may include
Small, red bumps bubbles or open sores in the genital, anal or nearby area
Pain and itching around the genital area, buttocks or inner sides of the thighs
Initial symptoms are pain or itching at the beginning of several weeks after infection. After a few days they may be tiny, red bubbles. They shoot and turn into ulcers that may bleed. Women sores can occur in vaginal area, buttocks, anus, and in men the penis, scrotum, buttocks, thighs, or anus.
While you have the ulcers urination is painful. During the initial episodes you may have flu-like symptoms, such as headache, muscle aches and fever, and swollen lymph nodes in the groin.
Genital warts (HPV infection)
Caused by Human papillomavirus HPV is one of the most common types of sexually transmitted diseases.
Signs and symptoms
- Small, gray swelling or color of skin in the genital area
- Few warts one next to another
- Itching and discomfort in the genital area
- Bleeding during sexual intercourse
Hepatitis A, B or C are contagious infections that affect the liver. The most serious ones are hepatitis B and C. Some people never develop signs and symptoms. But for those that have them, they are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain and discomfort in the abdomen, especially in the liver, on the right side below the ribs
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine
- Yellow skin and whites of the eyes
Bacterial infection that affects the genitals, skin and mucous membranes, but may include other parts of the body including the heart and brain.
Signs and symptoms
Four stages: primary (small, painless ulcer on the part of the body where the infection is transmitted, usually the genitals, rectum, tongue or lips, enlarged lymph nodes), secondary (red or reddish brown rash, ulcers on any part of the body, cane, fatigue and discomfort, pain), latent and tertiary (serious damage to internal organs and death after a few years of infection