Genital Herpes is a common infection caused by the Hepes Simplex Virus. You can get Herpes by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the disease. There is usually no cure for genital herpes however the symptoms can usually be controlled by antiviral medicines.
Many people will not have any visible signs or symptoms at all or not be aware of them. Some people will get symptoms within 4-5 days of coming into contact with the virus. In other people the virus may be in the body for several weeks, months or possibly years before any signs/symptoms appear. Therefore when you get symptoms it doesn't necessarily mean you've only just come into contact with the virus.
You may have some of the following symptoms:
- Stinging, tingling or itching in the genital or oral area
-Small fluid-filled blisters anywhere in the genital or anal area, on the buttocks and tops of the thighs. These burst within a day or two leaving small red sores which can be painful.
-Pain when passing urine caused by the urine flowing over the sores.
Signs & symptoms of recurrent outbreaks are usually milder then the first outbreak and clear up more quickly. There is often an early warning tingling sensation and you may get flu like illness before an outbreak. The blisters & sores are usually fewer, smaller, less painful and heal more quickly. They normally appear in the same part of the body as in previous outbreaks but in some people they may appear nearby.