What symptoms could I have?
When some people catch the herpes virus, they will experience a genital herpes outbreak. You might notice this days, weeks or months later.
Symptoms to look out for include flu-like symptoms, as well as tingling, itching or stinging in the genital or anal area. You might see small, fluid filled blisters. These burst to become painful ulcers. Passing urine might also cause you pain.
These symptoms usually disappear without any treatment. The herpes virus then remains in the body, but it is inactive. The virus could occasionally become active again, causing further genital herpes outbreaks. This is called recurrent herpes.
Some people might contract herpes and never display any symptoms.