A condition characterized by visible, painful genital or anal lesions
Laboratory Criteria For Diagnosis
- Isolation of herpes simplex virus from cervix, urethra, or anogenital lesion, OR
- Demonstration of virus by antigen detection technique in clinical specimens from cervix, urethra, or anogenital lesion, OR
- Demonstration of multinucleated giant cells on a Tzanck smear of scrapings from an anogenital lesion
A clinically compatible case (in which primary and secondary syphilis have been excluded by appropriate serologic tests and darkfield microscopy, when available) with either a diagnosis of genital herpes based on clinical presentation (without laboratory confirmation) or a history of one or more previous episodes of similar genital lesions
A clinically compatible case that is laboratory confirmed
Genital herpes should be reported only once per patient. The first diagnosis for a patient with no previous diagnosis should be reported.