Genital herpes is an STD that is caused by the herpes simplex virus. It transmits through skin-to-skin contact and can be passed even when there are no visible symptoms. Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. It is estimated that one out of every six people between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes.
Males can be infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2, but the majority of new cases are caused by HSV-2. A male can have a genital HSV infection without having oral symptoms of HSV, but it is more difficult to transmit the virus from genitals to mouth than vice versa.
In males, genital and oral herpes infections produce signs and symptoms similar to those seen in women. But these symptoms may not be present when the person first becomes infected with the virus. Genital herpes infections may cause pain during urination and discharge from the urethra (urine canal) or vagina (birth canal). Oral herpes infections usually produce small cold sores.
The possibility of transmission in men versus women is one area where genital herpes can vary. Certain complications can occur in males that do not appear in females due to differences in genital and reproductive anatomy. This article will discuss the signs and symptoms of genital herpes in men.
Genital Herpes Symptoms
The symptoms of genital herpes in men are different from those in women. The most common symptom in men is a painless blister or sore on or near the penis, scrotum, anus, thighs, or buttocks.
Although visible sores are more likely, some people may experience flu-like symptoms such as aches and fever. Swollen lymph nodes are another possibility. These flu-like symptoms are more common during the initial Herpes outbreak.
Aside from that, if you have noticeable sores, you may experience pain, itching, or overall softness until the infection clears. As an early warning sign, keep an eye out for twitching sensations. If something starts to itch, don’t tickle it because it will make it even worse!
Other symptoms include:
- Lumps and Bumps
Visit A Doctor
If you experience any of the mentioned above symptoms, it is very important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you get treatment for herpes, the better your chances of preventing any long-term complications.
If you do not take antiviral medication, the symptoms will continue, and the virus may spread to other parts of your body. Symptoms of herpes can be treated with antiviral drugs such as acyclovir (Zovirax) and famciclovir (Famvir). These medications can reduce the length and severity of an outbreak. They also help prevent future outbreaks from occurring.
ELISAs or enzyme-linked immunosorbent laboratory tests can identify immune proteins known as antibodies that are particular to HSV-1 and HSV-2. If you believe you may have contracted genital herpes through sexual contact but don’t currently show any symptoms, these tests can be helpful.
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