Genital herpes symptoms are often mild and infrequent, often going unnoticed. For this reason, the majority of people who have genital herpes may be unaware they have it. Learning to recognise genital herpes symptoms can help an individual avoid sexual contact during a herpes episode and hence reduce the risk of transmitting genital herpes to a sexual partner. For those people who experience more severe symptoms, an outbreak of genital herpes commonly consists of blisters or sores like cold-sores on or around your genitals.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease STD. This STD causes herpetic sores, which are painful blisters fluid-filled bumps that can break open and ooze fluid. About 16 percent of people between the ages of 14 and 49 have this STD. Two types of herpes simplex virus cause genital herpes: HSV-1 which usually causes cold sores and HSV-2 which usually causes genital herpes.
In fact, 85 percent of people in the world has been infected with at least one type. In the past, HSV-1 infections occurred in the mouth and HSV-2 infections occurred in the genital area, but now either type of virus can infect either site. HSV infections can also occur throughout the body, often on the finger or even in one or both of the eyes. This photo shows an example of the early stages of the herpes rash.
Unexplained sores on your penis or vagina? It could be a number of things, but if the sores are red and inflamed and you have been experiencing flu-like symptoms, it could be genital herpes. Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus.