Some complications of Genital Herpes include:
- Growth retardation, prematurity and inborn defects in babies of infected mothers
- Increased risk of contracting other sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
- Inflammation of the urethra, requiring the insertion of acatheter to drain the bladder.
- In rare instances,inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord called Meningitis.
- Inflammation of the lining of the rectum, particularly in homosexuals.
- Rarely, widespread infection and life threatening complications in debilitated patients with low immunity, HIV patients and organ transplant recipients.
- Widespread HSV 2 infection can result in affections of other organs such as liver, food pipe, lungs, urinary bladder, joints, etc.