The symptoms of genital herpes in men can be slight and possibly go unnoticed. On the other hand, they can also become very painful and evident. The herpes simplex virus, which is referred to as HSV, is the origin of genital herpes, though there are two types of infections caused by the virus. The type 1 HSV usually causes fever blisters or cold sores around your mouth area. HSV-1 can be spread during oral sex to the genital area. The other type HSV-2 is generally the type that can cause genital herpes and is spread through skin contact, as well as sexual contact. Even though someone is infected, they may have no recognized symptoms or signs of infection. That is why it is so important to know the symptoms of genital herpes in men and women. Otherwise, the infection can be transmitted sexually unknowingly.
- Flu-like symptoms. Initially, the symptoms of genital herpes in men are much like having the normal flu. You could experience such things as headache, fever, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes. The nodes in the groin area can become tender and enlarged.
- Itching and pain around the groin and genital area will be present. This can be evident within just a couple weeks after an exposure. When you have been infected by sexual contact with someone that has herpes, you may begin to have an itching in the genital area, along with pain.
- Small red bumps could appear next. Within several days after itching begins, there may be raised sores around the penis, buttocks, scrotum, thighs or anus that become ulcers after they rupture. They will bleed or ooze and then will form scabs and eventually heal. These ulcers may make urination painful and there may be tenderness.
There are several of the symptoms of genital herpes in men that are common with other sexually transmitted diseases. There are some variances between the diseases and their severity levels; knowing the symptoms will help you decide whether you should consult a doctor for additional information.