There are two types of herpes simplex: Type 1 (which is typically
associated with cold sores on the mouth, but which may also affect the
genitals) and Type 2 (which usually affects the genitals but may also
affect the mouth).
**Infection of herpes simplex begins with an initial outbreak.** For
Type 1, this typically means the presence of cold sores.
For Type 2, ?initial infection is characterized both by systemic
(whole body) as well as by local symptoms and signs. Generalized
symptoms include: fever, malaise, muscle aches, and decreased
appetite. ? (?Herpes, Genital, Medline Plus:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000857.htm ) Before
genital blisters appear, an infected person may also experience
?increased skin sensitivity, tingling, burning, itching, or pain? on
the genitals. The genital area may redden, and then small blisters
will appear. The blisters break, resulting in painful ulcers, which
will crust over and slowly heal (usually within 7 to 14 days). Other
possible simultaneous symptoms include enlargement and/or tenderness
of the lymph nodes in the groin, or vaginal discharge and painful
This is not really something that you wouldn?t notice happening, so
it?s unlikely your friend was infected in the past, but didn?t realize
*After* the initial outbreak, it is true that herpes lies dormant. The
length of the dormancy depends upon the individual, and physicians
aren?t entirely sure why some things trigger an outbreak in some
people but not in others. Even so, reoccurrence isn?t as infrequent as
15 years. As Medline points out: ?Recurrent attacks can occur as
seldom as once per year??
Another source states: ?The frequency and severity of the recurrent
episodes vary greatly. Most persons have several outbreaks a year, but
some?especially those with HSV-1 genital infections?may have only 1 or
2 outbreaks a year or none at all. In general, recurrent episodes
occur most often in the first year after initial infection. Most
persons with recurrent herpes due to HSV-2 have outbreaks 3 - 5 times
a year.? (?What is Genital Herpes?? King County Public Health,
I hope this fully clarifies the situation, but if anything is unclear,
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