Herpes is a genital infection caused by the Herpes Simplex virus, which can also lead to cold-sores on the mouth. In about 80% of cases, there are no symptoms, however where they do occur they most commonly include:

  • Painful genital skin
  • Blisters, ulcers or holes in the genital skin which usually appear 4-7 days after first time exposure and can last 5-14 days before the skin returns to normal.


Herpes is usually chronic and can recur unpredictably and so even though it is not a dangerous or life-threatening health problem, it can be psychologically difficult to deal with.


Testing for the virus involves the use of swab and/or blood tests. If you have had unprotected sex or noticed changes or lesions, book an appointment with one of our doctors here or call us on 02074991581.

Mayfair Doctors

37 North Audley Street

Mayfair | London | W1k 6ZL

Tel: 0207 499 1581

We are open 6 days a week

Mon-Fri: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sunday: Closed

These are reduced hours due to Covid-19

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