1. Overview
  2. Symptoms of Genital Herpes
  3. Different in Symptoms Location
  4. Men and Women can Develop Sores on the
  5. Recurrences are Common
  6. Treatment of Genital Herpes

1. Overview

Genital Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. Sexual contact is a primary way that the virus spread. After the initial infection, the virus lies dormant in your body and can reactivate several times a year. 

Genital Herpes can cause pain, itching, and sores in your genital area. But you may have no signs and symptoms of this disease. If infected you can be contagious even if you have no visible sores.

2. Symptoms of Genital Herpes

Most people infected with HSV don’t know they have it because they don’t have any signs or symptoms or because their signs and symptoms are so mild. 

When present symptoms may begin about two to 12 days. After exposure to the virus. If you experience  symptoms of genital Herpes they may include: 

Pair or Itching in Genital Herpes:

You may experience pain and tenderness in your genital area until the infection clears.

Small Red Bumps or Tiny White Blisters:

These may appear a few days to a few weeks after infection. 


These may form when blisters rupture and ooze or bleed. Ulcers may make it painful to urinate.


Skin will crust over and form scabs as the ulcer heal. 

During an initial outbreak, may have flu-like signs and symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes in your groin, headache, muscle aches, and fever.

3. Different in Symptoms Location

Sores appear when the infection entered your body. You can spread the infection by touching a sore and then rubbing or scratching another area of your body including your eyes.

4. Men and Women can Develop Sores on the

  • Buttock and thighs 
  • Anus 
  • Mouth 
  • Urethra  

Women can also develop sore in the : 

  • Vaginal area 
  • External genital 
  • Cervix 

Men can also develop sores in or on the : 

  • Penis 
  • Scrotum

5. Recurrences are Common

Genital Herpes is different for each person. The sign and symptoms may recur, off and on for years.  Some people experience numerous episodes each year. For many people, however, the outbreak is less frequent as time passes  

During a recurrence shortly before a sore appears you may feel. 

  • Burning, tingling, and itching where the infection first entered your body 
  • Pain. In your lower body back buttocks and legs 

However, recurrence is the genital area less painful than the original outbreak and sores generally heal more quickly.

6. Treatment of Genital Herpes 

There is no cure for genital herpes. Treatment with prescription antiviral medication may: Help sore heal sooner during an initial outbreak.

  • Lessen the severity and duration of symptoms in recurrent outbreaks 
  • Reduce the frequency of recurrence 
  • Minimize the chance of transmitting the herpes virus to another  

Antiviral medications used for genital herpes include: 

  • Acyclovir 
  • Valacyclovir 

Your doctor may recommend that you take the medicine only when you have symptoms of an outbreak or that you take a certain medication daily, even when you have no sign of an outbreak.

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