Genital herpes is not only threat women. Men also possible to get this virus. Different with less dangerous virus such as influenza or cough, it may causing chronic viral infection with genital skin lesion. Even 1 of 6 male in the age of 14 up to 49 is infected with this HSV-2 virus. Unfortunately, less than 30% of those patient that get proper diagnose and treatment by physician. The rest of population still getting less aware of their possibility of getting infected while keep doing unhealthy sexual relationship.
If you decide to pay more attention to this disease existence that may threaten your health then you better being aware of initial infection. In fact, most of genital herpes attack is caused by HSV-2 virus. Any contact with the carrier of this virus may makes you attacked by the disease. No need to have contact with active herpes lesion to get infected, even mucosa, secretion or contacted with seems healthy skin is also possible to put you in danger.
How about some people that think condom is effective enough to do protection function? the answer is no, condom cannot offering fully protection because it may not fully cover the infected area. Let us continue about the initial infection, the disease infection start from 2 up to 12 days after contacting the virus carrier. Most of men even unaware that they are attacked by herpes since the symptom they have is a mild one. They start to aware when the lesion start to come out.
Initially, cluster of small sore or lesion around penis, thighs, scrotum, buttock, mouth and anal area will appear. Bump turn into blister that fulfilled with fluid and creating painful ulcers. Finally, it will become crust and scab that usually will be healed in a week or so. Different with the previous one, lesion in the urethra line may give you burning urination sensation. Any itchy, tingle, ache, cracked skin will be your friends during the outbreak for about 2 up to 4 weeks.
Genital herpes in men may also have recurrent outbreak. Usually, the outbreak is happen because of several factors such as stress, fatigue, less immune level and UV light exposure. The recurrent lesion may happen around 12 up to 24 hours as the signal of reactivate HSV-2 virus. Luckily, this recurrent process likely to be less painful that the initial one. In average, the virus may recurrent for 3 or 4 times per year. Not only have to deal with the lesion effect, male genital herpes patient may infected with HIV virus as well.
So, what you should do when you have suspected genital herpes symptom? Immediately contact with health care provider is a great start to take. After that, taking the laboratory test to make sure that what you have is genital herpes virus or not. The series of test will be consist of physical test, blood test and culture of visible lesions. Usually, you will have antiviral medication prescription to reduce the symptom severe, cut off the outbreak period and manage with the genital herpes virus spreading possibility.