The virus can lie dormant in your system for years without coming to the surface.
The initial outbreak is often the worst, occurring a few days to a couple of weeks after being infected.
I’d strongly recommend never brushing off a relationship that could have rewarding potential on the grounds of a herpes infection alone.
Had my husband done that, we’d never have gotten married and had the strong relationship we have today.
The risk of contracting herpes is relatively high, even when dating within the general population, so that’s something you might want to consider.
The overall genital herpes statistic is probably higher, the CDC stated, since many people are also contracting genital herpes through oral sex caused by HSV-1 (the kind of herpes usually responsible for cold sores).
Taking that into account, genital herpes statistics are usually quoted at closer to 25 percent for women and 10 percent for men, but most of these people don’t even know they have it.
Symptoms may include a fever, headache, and muscle aches for a few weeks.
But for the most part, outbreaks consist of painful fever blisters or sores on or near the genitals (or, in less common cases, sores appearing elsewhere) for a few days, as well as burning, itching, swelling, and irritation that may be triggered by stress or fatigue.
A genital herpes outbreak during the third trimester of pregnancy and during delivery may be deadly for the baby if he or she contracts it from the mother (neonatal herpes, it’s called), but it’s incredibly rare (one per 3,000 to 20,000 live births) and preventable with medication and a C-section, according to an article published in .