What Does Herpes Feel Like?

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Alternative Names

Herpes - genital; Herpes simplex - genital; Herpesvirus 2; HSV-2


Many people with HSV-2 infection never have sores, or they have very mild symptoms that they do not even notice or mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.

If signs and symptoms do occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite severe. This first outbreak usually happens within 2 weeks of being infected.

Generalized or whole-body (systemic) symptoms may include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Fever
  • General...
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