Over the next 1 to 2 weeks, the ulcers will become crusted and begin to heal without any scarring.
Women may also experience pain or difficulty urinating, and foul smelling discharge if herpes blisters are present inside the vagina.
For some this may be stating the obvious, but let me first say that you should always tell your partner if you have herpes, even if you have no symptoms. And for sex with herpes to be its most fulfilling and safe, we recommend that you have it in the context of a mutually monogamous relationship, as does the CDC.
The likelihood of passing genital herpes to a partner is highest during an outbreak (times when a sore is present).
One of the encouraging things about genital herpes (HSV-2) is that it’s still possible to have a rich and fulfilling sex life.
(Depending mostly on genders.) Because of the nature of male and female genitalia, it is easier for herpes to be transmitted to a woman by a man than vice-versa.
This ignorance about the infection as well as the lack of symptoms increase the risk of individuals transmitting the virus to their sexual partners unknowingly.
If an individual is infected with herpes and symptoms do show up, the first outbreak will typically occur 1 to 2 weeks after exposure to the virus.
There are at least 100 individuals in the world who are actively pursuing a HSV-2 vaccine, and I am one of these many researchers.
In this blog, I will try to cut through the nomenclature and statistics and explain in relatively straightforward terms what we know about HSV-2 vaccines and what we need to do next to advance a safe and effective HSV-2 vaccine to human clinical trials.