Lesions

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes infections look like small blisters or ulcers (round areas of broken skin) on the genitals.

Each blister or ulcer is typically only one to three millimeters in size, and the blisters or ulcers tend to occur in groups. The blisters usually form first then soon open to form ulcers. Herpes infections may be painless or slightly tender. In some individuals, however, the blisters or ulcers can be very tender and painful.

In men, genital herpes (sores or lesions) usually appear on or around the penis.

In women, the lesions may be visible outside the vagina, but they commonly occur inside the vagina.
Lesions inside the vagina may cause discomfort or vaginal discharge, but may be difficult to see, except during a doctor’s examination.

All Genital Herpes Symptoms

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