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Take the Genital Herpes Quiz

No one wants to hear the news they have contracted genital herpes. There’s no cure and it’s life long. It’s important to know the truth.

  1. Most people with genital herpes don’t know it. True or False

2. How many people in the U.S. are estimated to have genital herpes?

a)    1 million

b)   10 million

c)    30 million

d)   45 million

3. Genital herpes caused by HSV-2 us found more frequently in women than in men. True or False

4. Genital herpes is caused by bacteria and may be cured with antibiotics. True or False

5. You can get genital herpes from a toilet seat. True or False

6. You can get genital herpes from someone who doesn’t have visible sores. True or False

7. Washing the genital area before and after sex can help prevent the transmission of genital herpes. True or False

8. A blood test can determine if someone has genital herpes. True or False

9. New or initial genital herpes infections

a)    Tend to be the most severe

b)   May produce fever and flu-like symptoms

c)    Can cause genital itching, burning, and painful genital blisters

d)   All of the above

10. When do the sores associated with genital herpes typically heal after the first outbreak?

a)    Within a week

b)   Within one to two weeks

c)    Within two to four weeks

d)   Within five to six weeks

11. Herpes simplex virus type 2 settles permanently in the body closest to what region?

a)    Stomach lining

b)   Spinal cord

c)    Digestive tract

d)   Bone marrow

12. The period of time when a person feels an out break coming on is called the:

a)    Prodrome

b)   Prescience

c)    Preconception

d)   Presage





#1. True. About 16% of people aged 14-49 in the U.S. are infected with the herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) that causes genital herpes, but as many as 81% of them had not received the diagnosis.

#2. 45 million. Genital herpes is very common, infecting at least 45 million people aged 12 and older in the United States.

#3. True.  About one in five women between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes caused by HSV-2, while about one in nine men in that same age range are infected.

#4. False.  Genital herpes is caused by a virus, so antibiotics will not help resolve the infection. There is no cure for herpes, but treatment is available to reduce and prevent outbreaks and decrease the risk of transmission to a partner.

#5. False. As with other sexually transmitted diseases, herpes can be spread by close contact or sexual activity. It is highly unlikely to be spread by a toilet seat or other objects.

#6. True. Genital herpes can be transmitted even if the infected partner has no symptoms or visible signs or doesn’t know he or she is infected.

#7. False. Washing the genital area doesn’t help prevent any sexually transmitted disease (STD), including genital herpes. The best way to prevent any STD is to abstain from sex or engage in sex only with someone you know is not infected. Condoms are not guaranteed to prevent infection.

#8. True.  To find out if you have genital herpes, a doctor can take a sample from a sore and test it in the laboratory. There is also a blood test that looks for antibodies to the virus that your immune system would have made. HSV-2 almost always infects the genitals, so if antibodies to HSV-2 are detected in your blood, you probably have genital herpes.


A blood test that shows antibodies to HSV-1 means you could have genital or oral herpes. That's because oral herpes, typically caused by HSV-1, can be spread to the genitals during oral sex.

#9. All of the above. When a person is first infected with the herpes virus, if symptoms occur they usually develop within the first two weeks of virus transmission. Symptoms can include fever and flu-like symptoms, genital itching, burning and discomfort, vaginal discharge, swollen lymph nodes, and a feeling of abdominal pressure.

#10. Within 2-4 weeks. The classic symptom of genital herpes is small fluid-filled blisters that break, forming painful sores that crust and heal. These may appear four to seven days after the initial virus transmission.

#11. Spinal cord. The classic symptom of genital herpes is small fluid-filled blisters that break, forming painful sores that crust and heal. These may appear four to seven days after the initial virus transmission.

#12. Prodrome. About half the people who have recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes feel an outbreak coming a few hours to a couple of days before it happens. They may feel tingling, burning, itching, numbness, tenderness, or pain where the blisters are going to appear. This is called the prodrome.


Quiz courtesy of Web MD Better Information. Better Health


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