When you are sexually active you may want to learn about herpes in men. Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that cannot be cured. It can be treated and outbreaks controlled but the disease itself never goes away. When treated properly herpes in men will lay dormant forever but it is always there and it is always contagious even when you are not having an outbreak.
There are two types of the Herpes Simplex Virus that can be spread. HSV-1 presents itself as cold sores that can be spread to the genitals during oral sex. HSV-2 is more common and is spread through sexual intercourse. You should always be on the lookout for symptoms of herpes in men. It may take a few weeks after being infected for symptoms to appear. First there will be a burning and itching sensation. Followed by red bumps that will evolve into blisters and then to ulcers as they burst. They may bleed and ooze puss until they scab over. If you think you may have herpes see a doctor as soon as possible to begin treatment.
Outbreaks are triggered by a number of things. Stress, hormonal changes, illness, surgery, friction, immune suppression from medication, and fatigue can all cause a herpes outbreak in men. Remember even if you are not having an outbreak, you are still contagious and can spread herpes to others.
Herpes generally does not have any complications other than outbreaks for a healthy adult. However it is possible to contract other STD’s through open sores, or to get proctitis or meningitis.