Patient Encounter 3

MR is a 19-year-old Caucasian female who visits a clinic complaining of intense itching and burning in the genital area for the past few days. She informed the clinician that she engaged in sexual intercourse within the past month and has also noticed an eruption of painful vesicles in the genital area. She is not sure of her partner's sexual contacts.

What information is suggestive of genital herpes? What potential risk factors for STIs are present?

What therapy should be recommended for this patient initially and how will this differ if episodic infection recurs?

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