One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in both men and women is the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It may be contracted either through vaginal intercourse or oral sex. Once in the body, the virus travels along nerve paths and can stay inactive in a person's body for years; they may never know they have it, as it will produce mild or no symptoms. When the virus does become active, the individual may start to see symptoms of herpes. Commonly, the disease results in a blister or a cluster of blisters breaking through the skin.
The first sign of the herpes virus outbreak is itching and irritation around the affected area. The infected person may feel a tingling or itching sensation around the genitals or the anus, or any other soft tissue area like the mouth or nose. This is a sign that blisters will develop in this localized area. The skin will become red, itchy, and may crack a little. It will feel raw and sore, and touching is advised against as this can transfer germs and bacteria.
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