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Male genital herpes - What are the symptoms?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Anyone can catch genital herpes during sex with an infected partner. Herpes is often symptomless, so it is possible to catch it from a partner who doesn’t know that they’re infected."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease. In men, herpes can cause sores on the penis and around the anus. Find out how to tell whether you have herpes and which symptoms the virus causes in men.

Herpes in men - What you can do

1. Get diagnosed.

If you think that you are experiencing the symptoms of a beginning herpes episode you need to get diagnosed by a doctor. You can use our free online photo assessment or order order an STI test kit which includes a herpes swab test (this will only work if you currently have sores).

2. Get treated.

Whether you are going through your first ever herpes outbreak or have had bouts in the past, aciclovir tablets can help you manage your condition. You can order tablets and prescription for aciclovir online from our doctors or see your GP for a prescription.

3. Prevent outbreaks.

In order to avoid having frequent bouts of herpes, you should look after yourself and live healthily. If you find that despite your healthy lifestyle you keep experiencing recurrent herpes you can take a suppression treatment to avoid symptoms.