Recurrent Genital Herpes (RGH)

About Recurrent Genital Herpes (RGH)

Recurrent genital herpes (RGH) is a genital infection caused by Herpes simplex virus (HSV). The herpes virus can live on surfaces, and after contact from one person to another can cause various painful symptoms, including blisters and sores. Recurrent genital herpes is incurable, but can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications.

Most people with recurrent genital herpes have mild symptoms. These can include:

  • Painful blisters and sores on the genital area
  • Itching, burning, swelling and redness on the affected area
  • Pain when urinating
  • Fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue

If the infection is present in a woman’s reproductive organs, she may experience flu-like symptoms and pelvic pain.

Risk factors for recurrent genital herpes include being sexually active without using proper protection, and having had more than one partner.


The treatment for recurrent genital herpes is based on the severity of the symptoms. In mild cases, lifestyle changes such as avoiding sexual intercourse during outbreaks, and taking antiviral medications such as valacyclovir can help reduce symptoms. Antiviral medications can also reduce the risk of transmission to infected partners. For more severe cases, antiviral medications, antibiotics, and other treatments may be needed.


The best way to prevent recurrent genital herpes is to practice safe sex by using condoms, and avoiding high-risk sexual activities. Additionally, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the virus in order to seek treatment and manage symptoms.