To cite this article: Keith A. It causes small, painful, fluid-filled blisters. We identify and evaluate scientific information on sexual health and promote healthy sexual decisions and behaviors by communicating credible scientific information. This does not mean the virus is gone. However, they can also spread to other parts of the body, such as the mouth, face, or eyes. The virus enters the body through genital areas, the mouth, or a break in the skin. After the first outbreak, the virus moves to nerve endings at the base of the spine.
It will remain there until the next outbreak. This can happen when the herpes virus comes into contact with the vagina, penis, anus, or mouth. For example, if you have a cold sore on your mouth and have oral sex, you can give your partner genital herpes. During this time, you may not have visible symptoms, but the virus may still be shedding. Keep in mind that the virus can also be transmitted when symptoms are not present. Primary infection is when you are first exposed to the virus. Some people have outbreaks of itchy and painful blisters on the penis or around the opening of the vagina.
This can include fever, muscle aches, and swollen glands. Herpes also puts the mother at risk for miscarriage and premature birth. Contact your doctor right away if you have been exposed to, have symptoms of, or have a diagnosis of genital herpes. They will also tend to produce smaller and fewer ulcers. Diagnosis of genital herpes can be an emotional experience. Herpes carries with it a social stigma that can be hard to recover from. Therapy may be individual or in a support group.
You may also have a blood test. However, it is important to keep in mind that the virus remains in your body. Always use condoms. Condoms do not provide 100% protection since they may not cover all lesions. Avoid sexual contact during an outbreak. Take antiviral medication as prescribed by your doctor. The medication is best when taken as soon as you notice symptoms.
Evidence from Panel Data. If you have symptoms of an STI, don’t have sex. Use latex condoms every time you have sex. Avoid oral, anal, or genital sex if your partner has herpes blisters. Avoid touching blisters to prevent the virus from spreading to other parts of the body.