Harvard Health Blog
Genital herpes: The painful facts about a tricky virus
By: Monique Tello, M.D., Contributing Editor A young woman* came into my office complaining of horrible pain and itching in her genital area. She had recently started dating, and her current boyfriend was her first sexual contact. He, however, had had other partners before her. She had telltale sores and tests confirmed that the cause was genital herpes.