Caused by a virus called ‘herpes simplex’, which will stay in your body permanently once
contracted and can be triggered by things such as friction in the genital area, smoking, and
drinking alcohol. Some triggers are unavoidable, however. It can be caught from skin-to-skin
contact with the infected area, for example a cold-sore touches your genitals, infected fingers
touching the genital area or sharing toys with someone who has herpes. Symptoms include:
- Small blisters that burst to leave red, open sores around the genitals, anus or thighs.
- Tingling, burning, or itching around the genitals.
- Pain when urinating.
- Unusual vaginal discharge.