What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Genital Herpes in Men and Women?


Symptoms make take upto a month or longer to appear after infection.

Symptoms of genital herpes vary greatly from one person to another. Some people may not even be aware that they have herpes because their symptoms are not really noticeable. Symptoms that may be noticed are:

  • Sores near the point on the body where the virus entered
    • Initially small red bumps
    • Progress to blisters
    • Then to itchy, possibly painful sores that will crust over before healing
  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Swollen glands near the groin
  • Pain during urination
  • Vaginal discharge

Get tested for Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

Genital herpes does not generally cause other problems. However, it does increase your risk of contracting other STDs including HIV. Act immediately and get tested today!

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How Do I Know if I Have Herpes?

Genital herpes is characterized by the breakout of ulcers in the genital area. If symptoms do appear, the first episode of herpes symptoms (called primary outbreak) is usually severe. Majority of the persons who suffer primary outbreak will have further symptom outbreaks. The virus can also re-activate with no further outbreaks. When this happens, the virus can still be transmitted through non-visible sores.

However, most infected persons aren’t aware they have genital herpes – they mistake the symptoms for insect bites or they don’t manifest any noticeable symptoms at all. For this reason, it’s important to get regularly tested for HSV if you’re sexually active.

Mark Riegel, MD
Mark Riegel, MD
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