Symptoms of Herpes Infections
Herpes usually presents with symptoms of painful blisters or ulcers that can be found on the mouth, rectum, or anus. Oral Herpes is most commonly asymptomatic, in fact, most people with this infection are unaware they are infected. The sores that appear on your lips are known as “cold sores.” And the pain that occurs prior to their eruption can be described as tingling, itching, or burning.
Prior to having blisters, you may also experience sore throat, fever, swollen glands, and painful or difficulty swallowing. These vesicles tend to go away on their own. But they may recur from time to time at a frequency that varies from person to person.
How Do People Get Infected?
HSV-1 infections normally take place during childhood, and the infection stays with you for the rest of your life. It is mainly transmitted by oral-to-oral contact, by having contact with sores, saliva, mucosa, or areas around the mouth. It can also be transmitted to the genital area when there is oral-genital contact, such as that seen during oral sex. Do cold sores mean you have an STD? As mentioned earlier, HSV-1 can and is most commonly spread through other means that do not involve sex.