A virus that’s caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV. Type 1 is usually found around your mouth and is also known as cold sores. Type 2 is usually found around your cock, ass or vagina. However, both Type 1 and Type 2 can occur in any of those places.


Symptoms, if they are going to occur, often appear 2-30 days after exposure, but can take months to years. Symptoms include itching or tingling around the infected area(s), an outbreak of painful blisters or sores which later form scabs, and a mild flu like illness.


Condoms can reduce the risk of transmission but do not always cover the infected area. HSV can be passed on both sexually and non-sexually during skin to skin contact by: direct contact with a sore, mouth to genitals, genitals to mouth, genitals to genitals, and mouth to ass. It can be transmitted when there are no symptoms present.


There’s no cure but there is treatment that can reduce symptoms and speed up recovery. The possibility of repeated outbreaks varies from person to person. In time, outbreaks may become less frequent or stop altogether.

What else you should know

Because of the sores, a herpes outbreak makes it easier to transmit or get HIV.

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