So they will either deny that they have any herpes symptoms or they will procrastinate going to get TESTED for herpes. You owe it to yourself and your partner(s) to get tested and tell them the truth if you see that you have herpes symptoms of any kind.
Most men don't deal well with the reality of male genital herpes!
So you could be having sex with a woman who doesn't even know she has herpes. That's why a good blood test is essential for you and your partner. The first signs of male genital herpes will occur within 2-20 days of getting the herpes virus from your sexual partner.
Yes, you will see herpes male symptoms that quickly.
Herpes is an STD caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus). Genital herpes is a lifelong STD that causes painful outbreaks of blisters in the genital area.
Usually, HSV-1 is the virus associated with oral herpes, and HSV-2 is the virus associated with genital herpes.
This also accounts for why 1 out of 4 American women have herpes, whereas 1 out of 5 American men does. For one, the above study focus on couples who have been together a while. Plus, the Valtrex study above look at HSV-2 specifically.
Men can be pretty bad about asking for help and going to the doctor. Because that's what I did for about a year before going to the doctor about my herpes symptoms. Herpes is quickly transmitted to and from a partner.
It's in our nature to try to figure it out ourselves. In fact, the word herpes in Greek means "Creeping", as even the Greeks knew how quickly this virus could be passed.
Many couples in which one partner has genital herpes (HSV-2) have a healthy sex life and still never transmit it to the uninfected partner.
Taking precautions like avoiding sex during and around the time of an outbreak, using condoms, and taking antiviral medication like Valocyclovir (Valtrex) or Acyclovir drastically reduces the likelihood of transmission.