When looking for signs and symptoms of herpes they are generally wide spread from full blown outbreaks to no symptoms at all. There are two types of the herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 which is usually referred to as cold sores around the mouth and eyes (ocular herpes) and HSV-2 which affects the genitals. It is possible for genital herpes to be of type 1 or type 2.
This article will go into depth regarding HSV-2. Educating yourself about genital herpes symptoms is extremely important because knowing the signs and symptoms of herpes will help you to protect both you and your partner.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease and now infects 25% of the U.S. population. There are approximately 90% of those who have the virus that are unaware they are infected because they either don’t have any symptoms at all or they are so minimal that they don’t associate the symptoms with the virus.
The statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men have contracted herpes. The fact that you are reading this shows that you are being responsible for your own health and I commend you for taking this step towards preventing the spread of the virus or learning what you can do to control herpes.
The first experience of an outbreak is called the ‘primary’ genital herpes infection. It is usually the most severe as your body has no defense against the virus. As time goes on the bodys’ immune system produces antibodies to the virus therefore the ‘recurrent’ outbreaks lesson with time. The first outbreak usually occurs in or around the genital area between 3 days and 2 weeks after exposure to the virus.
The early signs and symptoms of herpes include a burning, tingling or itching sensation in the genital area which is best described as feeling raw or a pain similar to a rug burn or a sunburn type sensation. This symptom can sometimes be mistaken for a yeast infection in women. Pain or burning around the buttocks along with flu-like symptoms which include a fever and headache, and depression or irritability are also symptoms of genital herpes.