Although symptoms may be absent or very mild, the most characteristic symptoms of genital herpes infection are:
- Pain, itching and burning in the genital area.
- Small blisters in the genital or anal area (they can also appear on the buttocks and inner thighs) that give rise to sores and, later, to scabs.
- Swollen groin nodes, headache, muscle pain, malaise and fever, these symptoms being more common in the initial outbreak.
These symptoms usually occur about 2-12 days after genital herpes infection. However, the virus can be inactive for years.
By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 01/12/2023