When men get infected with genital herpes, blisters and sores usually occur on the penis, not unusually around the foreskin. Other common areas where lesions typically appear are the scrotum, around the anus and on the buttocks.
About 20% of British men are carriers of HSV 2, genital herpes
Genital herpes is the most common chronic sexually transmitted disease in the UK and it is estimated that as many as 5 million British men are infected with the genital herpes virus or carries antibodies against the virus. Genital herpes (type 2) only causes symptoms in about 25% of the infected men, which means that there are about 1,25 million men in the UK experiencing regular outbreaks of genital herpes.
Treatment/medication – what works?
There are a number of over the counter (OTC) remedies that is said to treat genital herpes. These are unfortunately ineffective and have no proven or observed effect. Viral infections such as herpes are in general difficult to fully cure. With that said there are other ways to effectively treat genital herpes. Anti-viral herpes medications that are developed to be used as a treatment can quickly stop or prevent a herpes outbreak. They also act to suppress the herpes virus. The practical effect of this is that outbreaks will become more rare. Some individuals may experience that outbreaks can stop completely when they are using herpes medication.
A herpes outbreak must run its course
There are no cures for genital herpes. An infected person carries the virus throughout his life. For those who are unfortunate enough to have regular outbreaks of blisters in the genital area, the symptoms will become fewer and occur less frequently with time. During the initial years following the exposure to the virus, outbreaks typically occur several times per year. However, after 5 years or more outbreaks usually decrease to 1-2 outbreaks annually.
Sores caused by the herpes virus can be painful and the best way to help sores to heal faster is to wear breathable underwear and to keep the sores dry and clean. Engaging in sexual intercourse when you are having visible sores may not only result in passing the disease on to other people, but it may also help to spread your own sores to other parts of the pubic area.