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A 50-year-old female asked:

1. once infected with genital herpes, how long can symptoms take to show up. 2. what are the chances of transmitting the infection to my male partner? 3. what are the symptoms that males present with when infected with genital herpes?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
HSV1 vs HSV2: The answers to these questions depend almost entirely on the virus type causing your genital herpes, i.e. herpes simplex virus type 1 vs 2. If HSV1, you may have no recurrences and transmission to sex partners infrequent. If HSV2, outbreaks typically recur every 2-4 months. Males and females have same symptoms: blisters/sores, sometimes with swelling and pain of lymph nodes in the groin.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
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If you don't know virus type, a blood test can be done; if positive for HSV2, that's the cause of your genital herpes. Your partner also can be tested to see if he already has been infected. People are immune to re-infection with the HSV type(s) they already have. Detailed info on herpes symptoms are available at www.cdc.gov/std and www.ashasexualhealth.org (follow links to see herpes info)..
Nov 19, 2019

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