Your Private GP and Sexual Health Clinic in Canary Wharf

Herpes can be passed on even when protection is being used

Dr Wayne Cottrell:

  • Herpes is usually transmitted via sexual contact, including kissing and oral sex
  • Can also be passed from mother to newborn, during delivery
  • HSV1, is mostly associated with oral lesions (cold sores)
  • Herpes type 2 (HSV2), mostly associated with genital lesions
  • Once infected there is no cure and the virus usually causes recurrent attacks
  • Its possible to transmit the virus even if you have no symptoms


  • Painful ulcers or blisters
  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal or urethral discharge
  • Enlarged or tender glands in the groin
  • Flu like illness
  • Attacks usually last 7-10 days and are self-limiting


  • Usually diagnosed by visual inspection
  • Swabs can be done for confirmation and to distinguish between type 1 or 2
  • Antibody blood tests are available
  • There is no vaccine or cure.
  • Antiviral treatments can help limit outbreaks and prevent the risk of infecting partners.
Dr Wayne Cottrell will be back in the clinic from 18 October and the clinic will be open every weekday from that date

Canada Place Shopping Mall
34 North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
E14 5HX

0203 197 9100

Monday: 08:00-18:30
Tuesday: 08:00-18:30
Wednesday: 09:00-17:00
Thursday: 09:00-17:00
Friday: 09:00-17:00