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Genital Herpes Santa Monica, CA

Any sexually active person can get genital herpes. This common STD is transmitted to people via sexual contact: vaginal, anal and oral. It is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). The virus does not present with symptoms, so infected partners may not be aware they have the disease and therefore can unknowingly spread it to others.

Oral herpes caused by HSV-1 can result in cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth for some individuals, but not everyone. Most commonly, people were infected with this virus during childhood or young adulthood from non-sexual contact with infected saliva. Oral sex with someone who has the virus can spread HSV-1 from the mouth to the genitals.

Herpes is another sexually transmitted diseases that cannot be cured. There are, however, medicines that can prevent or decrease the length of the outbreaks. Among the medicines available are anti-herpes drugs, which when taken daily, lower the chances of you passing the disease to anyone with whom you have sex.

Genital herpes outbreaks can cause painful sores. These can be severe in individuals with suppressed immune systems. The disease can be transferred to other areas of the body if you touch an open sore and touch another part of your body, for example, your eyes. It is important to avoid contact with the open sores and the fluid they produce. Washing your hands after such contact will lower the likelihood of transferring the disease to another part of your body.

Genital Herpes Symptoms

Many people do not experience symptoms with the genital herpes virus. If you do, the symptoms may be mild and can easily be mistaken for another skin condition. Pimples and ingrown hairs look similar to mild outbreaks of the disease.

One or more blisters may appear on or around the genitals, mouth or anal area. When the blister breaks, it leaves a painful sore that can take over a week to heal. Initial outbreaks may include flu-like symptoms. Swollen glands, fever and body aches can accompany the first outbreak.

If you have HSV-2 and experience an initial outbreak, you may continue to have episodes from time to time. Repeat outbreaks are often shorter and less severe than the initial episode. The virus stays in the body and can go dormant. Outbreaks may become more infrequent over the years.

Dr. Michael has experience diagnosing and treating sexually transmitted diseases. If you believe you have been exposed to genital herpes or another STD, contact Dr. Michael and schedule an appointment for testing.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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