Herpes is the most common sexual transmitted disease in the United States. So common in fact that over 50 million Americans have it, and yet most people who contract herpes don’t even realize they have it. The STD is very contagious and is spread through intercourse and oral sex.
The two most common types of herpes are HSV1 and HSV2. HSV1 impacts the mouth and surrounding area while HSv2 usually affects people below the waist near the genitals and groin areas. Although in most cases the disease will only flare up only a few times a year, a person who contracts HSV will likely have it for life. Seeking medical attention is very important to manage the health risks associated with the disease.
Here are the 10 most common symptoms to help you recognize if you have the disease.