Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by two types of viruses namely the herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2 which are both transmitted by having sexual contact (vaginal, anal, or oral sex) with an infected individual. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about one in every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes in the United States, while the World Health Organization (WHO), estimates that about 140 million people primarily in the Americas, Europe and Western Pacific aged between 15-49 years are infected with HSV-1 virus.
How Herpes Outbreak On Penis Develops
Genital herpes spreads through sexual relationships which could either be oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who has the disease. Primarily the disease spreads as a result of coming in contact with body fluids of an infected person. Unfortunately, most infected individuals do not know they are carrying the virus until major symptoms start manifesting. Once entry into the body via the skin is perfected, the virus travels along nerve paths and could either become dormant (inactive) and remain within the nerves indefinitely or become active from time to time leading to the development clinical symptoms.
What Does Herpes Look Like on A Penis?
As a result of its unique characteristics, herpes symptoms in men come and go over a person’s lifetime due to the tendency of the virus to switch between active and dormant modes periodically. Genital herpes outbreak on the penis is characterized by tingling, Painful urination and burning or itching sensation in the area where blisters will appear on the penis. first outbreak will appear as early as two days after you contracted the virus, or as late as 30 days afterward. The appearance or pictures of herpes on penis is similar to outbreaks on other parts of the body.
Treatment of Herpes Outbreak On The Penis
There is currently no cure for genital herpes, but the condition can be managed with medication. Genital herpes outbreaks including those on the penis can happen when you become stressed, sick, or tired. Your doctor will help you come up with a treatment plan that will help you manage your outbreaks.