Main Article on Genital Herpes Question: What symptoms and signs did you experience with genital herpes? Comment from: WorryFree18, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 21 I've had HSV-2 for over 15 years now. The most common symptoms are extreme tiredness, irritability, and tingling in the genital area. I know an outbreak of genital herpes is coming on when I experience fatigue so extreme not even 12 hours of sleep helps. I've noticed that eating a lot of peanuts, stress, eating fatty and acidic foods trigger outbreaks. Learning these triggers has helped me keep symptoms under control. Comment from: Hotwife30, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 20 I am newly diagnosed with HSV 2 and I am having a lot of pain while having sex with my husband, on the inside of my vagina. I try to make this less painful using lube. Ive been dealing with this since November and I was just diagnosed 2 months ago. Comment from: Itchyritchie, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19 The initial outbreak of genital herpes was so much worse than the flu. Symptoms were violent shivering, very sweaty, painful urination due to the first herpes sore being located right inside the urethra, glands that swell and never subside, diarrhea, blisters at the back of my throat, deliriousness, insomnia, and shame. I had a few other sores on my shaft but they didn't annoy or itch like I expected. I knew my girlfriend had them and I plan to marry her and have a family so I dove in, just way more intense than they teach you. Comment from: frogntoad, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19 Lately I have been experiencing pain in my lower back, it is hard to get out of bed, and bend down to tie shoes. I also had flu like symptoms, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite and insomnia. When these things kick in it usually indicates an outbreak of genital herpes is coming. Sometimes, I'll get a rapid heartbeat and constantly have to urinate. I have known about this since 13 years ago. Comment from: Hope, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 19 I had my first outbreak of genital herpes when I was pregnant. I get the vaginal sores and itching and burning. It has been crippling some times, and the smell is foul. I found a remarkable product that has absolutely changed what I go through during the bouts of having the sores, and takes away the pain and heals the sores. It is called UV Natural Chill. It was like almost an instant relief, but also because of the ingredients, it seems to clear it up entirely and fast. I hope the helps anyone that needs relief. Comment from: Ervin K, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 25 I am almost speechless, I have been suffering with being HSV2 positive now for about a year, and I tried everything to get it to go away. I was diagnosed with genital herpes about a year ago. Some guy I was with gave it to me, but the doctor said, lucky I didn't have a bad case of it. The doctor told me my levels were very low. I am so saddened by our government that they don't take this disease more seriously. I am so depressed every day, and I still feel like my life is over, especially ever finding love. Comment from: None, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 21 I haven't gone for a test, I'm so scared and I'm depressed already. The symptoms I have are what I'm seeing here for genital herpes. I need help. Comment from: Esty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21 I was wondering if anyone has experienced facial pain similar to a sinus infection while having HSV-2. Comment from: Soo Frustrated , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13 I am 47 and believe I may have contracted the genital herpes virus in my 20s. I had severe itching redness and pain in my vaginal area. So riddled with worry I went to a clinic to be tested for 'any' possible STDs... Negative. I have now had what I would call a severe outbreak, fever, chills, burning, and tingling, never any blisters I can really see but now some pin prick tiny red spots here and there. I've had two negative IGG blood tests for both HSV 1 and 2. I'm frustrated. I don't know why the tests are negative! Comment from: Star, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 06 I apparently got both versions HSV - 1 and 2 from my son's father. I'm on antiviral medicines for my genital herpes but here's a good tip! When you start feeling the itching sensation, use apple cider organic vinegar on it as soon as it starts itching and anytime you use the bathroom. Usually the sore itself will never show up. If it does because you did not get to it soon enough, I will tell you to continue using the apple cider vinegar and it does burn at that point. However, it will go away so much faster! IMAGES See Images Comment from: Ivana, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 05 My symptoms of genital herpes started with 2 big cuts down there. I was in so much pain, my lymph nodes were so swollen, I was itchy and inflamed and had flu like symptoms and also had chills. Within a week I found out I had herpes. I had tiny little pimple-like blisters, about 7, around my vulva and I am assuming where the 2 big cuts were (which was deep) was where my first 2 blisters started. Since then I have had no blisters but I am still inflamed and itchy on the inside, and have constant tingles, it's been months. Comment from: Mary7, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 05 The flu shot (two days ago) I believe has triggered an outbreak of genital herpes. I usually get a slight tingling in my leg before an outbreak. It doesn't usually cause too much discomfort but Dr. Google has told me there is a particular thing in the flu shot that triggers worsened and prolonged outbreaks. My leg feels like a constant cramp on fire. Hot water helps. Comment from: Collegegirl2020, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 04 I just found out I may have been exposed to HSV 1 or 2 and I am depressed. I have been experiencing flu like symptoms, white spots in the back of my throat, itching and burning in my genitals, itching around my mouth and body. I am so scared that my results will show genital herpes. I have been crying for the last few days and the guy that may have given it to me is being a complete ass. My anxiety is through the roof and I have been thinking very bad thoughts. I hope I get through this. Comment from: Cards, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 15 I'm a 42 year old male, I got genital herpes when I was 18 from a college girlfriend. I also had symptoms regularly at first, nerve pain, outbreaks, itching, and muscle pain. Over the years the outbreaks dwindled down to where I don't think about it anymore until I get an outbreak, maybe every couple of years. The outbreak is usually predictable because the nerves start to hurt for a day or two prior to the skin outbreak. Goes away after a few days. Stress doesn't help. Comment from: concerned, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 17 I caught genital herpes 45 years ago and had no symptoms other than itching and blisters on my penis, recurring over the years, but farther apart in outbreaks, until recently after intense stress and worry I now have it on my scrotum. It is also causing lesions in random spots over my body and also experience of feeling ill and tingling over scalp. I have had this for 6 months starting with the spots on testicles, then other parts, and also headache. The doctors insist it is not herpes, but looks and feels very like it. Comment from: Me, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 04 I was infected with HSV 2 when I was 19. I'm now 42. At first the genital herpes was painful as can be, blisters and all. I went through quite a few antiviral medications. I started with Famvir that did nothing. I then started Valtrex, it was working, then the commercial came out, well you know, I stopped that because everyone knew what that was used for. I then started acyclovir and that was a godsend for me. I take two 400 mg a day for the last 23 years and it really works and stopped my outbreaks. Comment from: RR, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 02 I am in an off/on relationship for two years. Initially, I didn't use protection, this time we did. I noticed unusual symptoms but assumed it was a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, or urinary tract infection. The pain set in. We got tested together, just blood work. I was negative for genital herpes, he was positive for HSV and chlamydia. I experienced bladder issues and went to Urgent Care. I tested positive for HSV2 in December 2018. Before and during periods I have tingling in my left thigh. Stress will do it for sure! The medicines help a lot. If there is weird discharge, take probiotics. Comment from: Just really concerne, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 02 I noticed some small itching blisters or bruises on my penis when I rolled over 2 days ago. I went to the doctor and he is saying it looks like genital herpes. I had no other symptoms, no burning, no pain and no tingling feeling but this morning, I don't know if it's my mind, but I think I'm feeling a slight tingling feeling. I'm doing a test to confirm tomorrow. By the way the itching has cooled down. Comment from: F, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 02 Reading all of your experiences has helped me today. I am 57 years old and have had genital herpes for 39 years. I have not been sexually active for 10 years and that is one of the reasons. Stress is a major factor in bringing it to life. I have felt awful for the past few days; lack of energy, achy and weak, swollen lymph nodes. It really is unpleasant but also my reality. But we can live with this. An understanding and loving partner is a huge blessing. SLIDESHOW 12 Preventable STDs: Pictures, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment See Slideshow Comment from: Hsv2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 29 I can feel an attack of genital herpes coming on with pain in my right leg and lower back. I start my 3 a day doses of Lovir 400 mg for 7 days. This can usually stop it. The worst thing about mine is it appears on my right upper thigh. I had to be tested, thought it was reoccurring shingles. Comment from: Dan in NZ, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 24 I think I'm currently experiencing an outbreak of genital herpes, it's my 5th day of a tingling sensation in the perianal area with some redness. I've had chills and the 2nd day felt flu-like. The worst thing at the moment is insomnia - I'm awake each night. It is 5 am as I type this now. The last time I had sex was 3 months ago but maybe it has been with me longer. Comment from: Me, myself & I, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 15 I've got herpes type 1. I just found out it was my first outbreak. I felt like I wanted to die but my best friend was my rock. He gave me strength to keep on going. To everyone that has herpes try L-lysine, it is cheap and it stops my symptoms as soon as I feel one coming, either pain or tingling or whatever I take this and it really helps. Good luck to everyone. Comment from: nevergiveup29, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 08 I was diagnosed with genital herpes in December 2018. It started out as itching and burning in the vagina area. Doctors would diagnose me with vaginitis or vulvar dermatitis. Then I went to the gynecologist for vulva pain and was diagnosed with HSV2. I take acyclovir twice a day. Lately I experience tingling in my hands, feet, face, arm, and legs. My lower back hurts badly sometimes, and my current gynecologist is not a good one, and I just hope for better days. I don't understand this disease. Comment from: Sick and tired, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 20 I wonder if herpes 1 cause your throat to hurt. I was diagnosed a month ago I have body aches and my throat hurts off and on. Comment from: Renee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25 I had flu like symptoms, after knowing I had herpes 2 for 7 years already. I have frequent outbreaks, but never take medicine, perhaps that could be the reason I'm having complications like flu-like symptoms now. Comment from: Booanon, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 15 I was diagnosed with genital herpes last August, I am in a long term relationship (8 years) and am distraught that I have this. My understanding is it can be dormant therefore am unsure when I have got this (partner seems clear with no issues). Since having my first outbreak, I now have one monthly, I am pain free for about a week if I'm lucky. I don't have a sex life any longer! My general physician has now put me on antiviral medicines daily to try and help control the outbreaks. I also suffer fever/flu like symptoms, tiredness, tingling, sensitive to touch thighs, and just a general awful feeling. Comment from: rantopmin3, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 03 About a year ago, I started experiencing sciatic pain. For about a week, I would constantly have back pain and buttock pain and have a sensation that I needed to urinate. About a month later, I was in the sun (got pretty burnt 2 days in a row) and broke out in what looked like bug bites all over my body (they did not look like the blisters I have researched associated with herpes simplex virus). At that time I was also itching all over my body with flu-like symptoms. About 3 months later I started getting the sciatic pain again and this started recurring almost every 3 months, I also had those same bug bite looking sores appearing on my lower back (but not every time I experienced sciatic pain). A couple of weeks ago this happened again and about a week and a half after the sciatic pain I got these pimple-looking spots on my lower back again. Yesterday, I started experiencing flu-like symptoms with an itching sensation all over my body, but no sores/lesions anywhere. I am currently out of the country and unable to be properly diagnose if it is genital herpes. I was diagnosed with HSV 1 two years ago due to canker sores forming all over my mouth (with flu-like symptoms). Comment from: drchick, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20 I was diagnosed with genital herpes about 2 years ago but believe I've had it for about 4 years. With early outbreaks, I had severe itching before an outbreak; it drove me crazy. Then a sore would appear in that spot (most of the time on outer labia, although I have gotten them near the clitoris and near the rectum too). I had hoped the frequency would decrease over time, but it has not. I was having roughly 8 to 10 outbreaks per year, sometimes one right after another. Finally I went on antivirals 3 months ago and have not had any sores since then, although right now I have swollen lymph nodes in the groin on the right side (no other symptoms and I have not noticed this before). It is better for my mental health to be on the medicine because with each outbreak I get very depressed. I am in a relationship with the man I believe gave this to me. He never has any symptoms and did not know he had it. I am not happy in this relationship but I stay because I don't want to be alone. I can't bear the thought of having to tell someone I have this and then be rejected. I feel a lot of shame about having this, although I know I shouldn't. This happens to people from all walks of life. Comment from: dooodaaa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 12 I found out I had HSV2 about five years ago. The frequency of my outbreaks has declined somewhat. The pain has also decreased, however I still get inflamed lymph nodes prior to and during the early stages of an outbreak. I, too, get sensations in my leg, usually referred to as tingling, except that my skin gets quite sore to touch or sit on for a day or two. The prodrome (the sensations before the outbreak) is usually on my thigh, and it moves around a bit. I suppose it sort of tingles, but my skin is more painful than anything else. I was so ashamed when I first found out I had it, and disgusted with myself, but, hey, I'm human. I'm an intelligent and educated woman. This could happen to anyone, including you. Comment from: f.j, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 31 I'm 21, and just got diagnosed with genital herpes, but no outbreaks so far. I'm scared and very depressed. Comment from: Polywog , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05 I have many of the same symptoms, and painful skin around my buttocks and thighs. But we must carry on. Don't be ashamed, or stay with someone just because you have herpes. Try meeting people you now have something in common with. Not just for dating but to communicate with people that are going through the same things we are. Comment from: NZ male, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 15 I have had genital herpes for 25 years. For the first ten years I was getting 2 to 3 bad outbreaks a year that crippled me with pain and flu like symptoms but the frequency has diminished. Saying that, I am currently in the throes of another outbreak and it is bad; I can barely move my arms and legs and am incredibly tired and sore. I guess it is true, that old joke; the difference between true love and herpes is, the herpes lasts forever. Comment from: J, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 11 I just found out I have genital herpes and I'm almost certain I have given it to my girlfriend of 3 and half years, she was just complaining of a yeast infection. I die a little every time I think of how I've ruined her life. She will never forgive me for this. I've ruined her life, her son's life, and my daughter's life. My baby girl even asked me the other day why I was taking medicine, and I almost shed a tear. This isn't fair at all. I'm so ashamed of myself. Comment from: Josephehimare730, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 25 I had genital herpes for 5 years with so many outbreaks, and it affected my life. People think herpes is really a minor skin irritation, but it has long term effects on health. The stigma attached to this virus by ignorant people is ridiculous. Most people have herpes in one form or another, I was first taking antiviral medicines such as acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir, and valacyclovir (Valtrex), are recommended for treating primary herpes outbreaks. This medicine can be taken when an outbreak occurs. Comment from: feel like hiding, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 29 I received blood test results almost a week ago. I am positive for HSV 2. I am devastated to say the least. I am in the throes of my first outbreak of genital herpes. I could never imagine as a divorced 57 year old I would be dealing with this. I feel like my sexual life is over and basically it is. I go to my gynecologist tomorrow and hope to start an antiviral medication. I have no idea how long I have had the virus or who possibly gave it to me. I feel very dirty and ashamed and just having to deal with telling this to a future partner is crushing. Comment from: it will be okay, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17 I am not sure if I have HSV2 (herpes simplex virus) or not, I have been tested on 3 different occasions by 3 different doctors and got 3 different answers. I have never had an outbreak but have had similar issues that people experience with HSV2. At this point I am done searching for the answer and dedicate my life to taking care of my health. For the last 2 years, 90 percent of my diet has consisted of plant foods. I have kept a mental note on how this has affected my body and honestly, I have about 2 issues per year or every 6 months. I'm just here to say, it's okay, this too shall pass. No matter what is happening to your body right now, time will heal and you will get better, even if it's temporary. Enjoy life, you are not guaranteed anything after you are gone. Comment from: Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 02 I have not had sex in fifteen years, but I got a sore on my buttocks. The doctor said it was herpes. I got the sore about a year ago. Comment from: momof2, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 17 I found out I had herpes (type 2) on my genitalia 7 years ago when my daughter was 8 weeks old. I was and am still devastated. I get a flare up about twice a year, but it's only one bump or so. Still, it sends me into depression. I have recently discovered that 100% tea tree oil applied on bumps a few times a day takes them away fairly quickly. I just read up on L-lysine and started taking 500mg a day in hopes to stop flare ups. I hope this helps someone else. Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 20 After I got my first outbreak, I started getting them almost every time I got my menstrual period, which was horrible. I am not taking valacyclovir every day for suppressive therapy. I have not had an outbreak for almost two years now, so I definitely feel like it's working for me. I am grateful the antivirals are available, but they can be hard on your kidneys and liver. Comment from: Hopeful, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 06 I was diagnosed over 15 years ago. My outbreaks were few and far between for many years, but lately they are more frequent. I think it's stress related as my stress level has been up in the last year. My GYN prescribed acyclovir and I was using it to lessen the symptoms, not following the prescription. I'm finally using it correctly and hoping that the outbreaks will decrease. My symptoms are a tingling sensation about 24 hours before the blister appears. It takes about a week before the blister goes away. Comment from: God'sGirl4ever, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 04 I was first diagnosed with herpes when I was 17 years old. I am now 34 and until this past year, I rarely had outbreaks. In the past when I was stressed, I often developed mouth sores and only occasionally I would have a rectal lesion. My outbreaks were short in duration, cleared up within a few days on Valtrex. About four months ago, I had a severe outbreak with sores in both my mouth and my vagina. The episode began with a sore throat, swollen glands (throat), fever, chills, body aches and fatigue. Around the third day of this, I developed canker sores on my cheeks and tongue, and one or two vaginal lesions. I even had a lesion inside my vagina, which I couldn't feel until I had sex with my husband. Since that episode, I have had three more, each worse than the prior and lasting longer, too. The lesions were more painful and seemed to be bigger, covering the lining of my inner labia as well as two blisters on the skin near my anus. That was also the first time that it hurt to urinate, sit and even walk. These more severe outbreaks lasted 10 days to three weeks. I have noticed that stress brings them on, and I always have the flu-like symptoms before the outbreak. Comment from: 13-18 Female Published: August 10 I got genital herpes less than a year ago because of my ex-boyfriend of nine months. He said he would leave if I didn't have sex with him, so I did. Regardless of my story, I have found that I tend to get sick before an outbreak. I may get a fever or flu like symptoms before sores appear. Comment from: 35-44 Female Published: March 29 I just got diagnosed today after two years of getting only one sore twice. I haven't had sex in two years so I have no idea who gave them to me. Comment from: frog princess, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 08 I am 21 years old and I was with my ex for almost eight years until we broke up, yet even after our break up we still had sex on occasion. I started noticing these irritating bumps and itchiness in my no-no area and thought nothing of it. I thought it may have been an ingrown hair. When I awoke the next day I was so swollen and bumps had spread clear from my bottom all the way forward. I went to the doctor and all she said when she saw them was, "Oh, honey…" in a sad voice and I knew then the news wasn't good. I feel so low, I have a one year old daughter with a man that isn't my ex and now I can't even get back with my baby's father because of the guilt, shame and disgust I feel about myself. Comment from: Emily, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 29 I've had genital herpes for over 25 years. It has been a long and painful experience and I am miserable with agonizing pain when I urinate or wipe or wash over the area. I have aches in my groin area, lower abdomen and tops of my thighs. I am headachy and very cranky, extremely tired. Sitting or walking is painful. It has not gotten any milder over the years but it does not happen as often. It used to happen every month, now it is just a few times a year. I am still ashamed that I have it and get very depressed with each breakout. Comment from: kitty, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 27 I was diagnosed three days ago. It has to be the worst and most frustrating pain to go through in that area. At first I thought I had scratched myself as it felt like it did a after I had given birth. The next day was worse and I couldn't go to the toilet without crying in pain. Thankfully my friend took me to my local clinic and was diagnosed an hour later. The only thing that helps is the anesthetic cream. I apply before going to the toilet and it makes such a difference. I struggle with walking and sitting. I also find it frustrating to know that I could only have picked this virus up just over 12 months ago! He is now settled into another relationship with a baby on the way. Comment from: Jessiccah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 11 At first it was hideous but the pain made me take a further step. I had white itchy, painful blisters around my genitals. Then I visited a local clinic and they told me I have an STD. I finished the course they gave me and the blisters disappeared. My problem is, every time I'm due for my periods, it gets so itchy and painful and there is this offensive discharge that comes out and it really brings my emotion to its peak. Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 10 I had a 4 year relationship with my boyfriend, but because I was drunk I had sex with my friend. A week after I had these symptoms like itchy and painful blisters. I went to the doctor and told me that it was an STD. She never mentioned what kind, but upon looking in my record I read it as herpes. Now my boyfriend keeps on asking what was really happened to me, and I have no answers. I just told him my doctor advised me to abstain from sex. I'm ashamed. I regret it. I'm depressed and full of self-pity. The only thing I can do now if accept the situation for what it is. Comment from: ToughChick, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 26 I'm a female diagnosed with genital herpes (HSV-2) about 4 years ago, and I did not have classic symptoms. Usually people look at the photos on the Internet of crusted red blisters that scab and cause the entire genital area to swell. I didn't have anything that looked awful or concerning, just a "paper cut" at the opening of my vagina followed by some redness and itching in the area. My OB-GYN thought it was a garden variety yeast infection at first and then when he saw the cut, he figured maybe I got a little too rough with the sexual activity. He rubbed a swab over the area to get a culture and I experienced a stabbing, burning pain. I knew this was not yeast or bacteria! Two days after the culture, pencil eraser sized blisters started to appear on both sides of my vagina, and they looked whitish like canker sores you might find in the mouth. Every time I urinated it burned; pouring a cup of water between my legs helped dilute the urine. I could not sit in a chair comfortably. I also felt tired and had a low-grade fever. Fortunately, my OB-GYN called in Valtrex and within three days of noticing the initial lesion, and I felt better. Comment from: starfish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 28 I had genital herpes for about 20 years before it was diagnosed. I remember the first time I had the lesion, which was in the pubic hair just inside where I have a bikini wax. I just thought it was an infected hair follicle. It was itchy and red, with tiny sort of pustules, and after a few days disappeared. After about the 3rd occurrence, I went to see a gynecologist, and she said it was nothing to worry about. The lesion continued to occur from time to time over the next 17 or so years, always in the same place, and then last summer I unexpectedly had 3 outbreaks in 3 months, and this time there were two or three lesions close together. I went to a sexual health clinic, and Herpes Type 2 was diganosed. I had braced myself for this news, but nevertheless, it was a shock. I haven't had an outbreak for about 6 months. Comment from: Andy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 07 After having herpes recurrent on my arm for nine years, it was only diagnosed last year. I started having the same symptoms such as headaches and a sore back for the last three years and no rash. I did get sores at the top of my leg by my vagina, which were watery blisters that were painful and itchy. I just thought it was where I had shaved. Now I have a doctor's appointment on Friday. Thanks for your information. Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20 I only have outbreaks or even notice that I still have genital herpes when my emotions run high. Like the other day, I became highly stressed and upset due to a miscommunication with another individual. I had already had been feeling a little stressed prior to this but this new situation brought my negative energy level to a different level. I immediately found my vision blurred, I had an upset stomach, I felt feverish and I immediately noticed the next day I had a blister!! I generally am a calm person and notice because of this virus I have to be extra careful with maintaining a positive energy flow. Comment from: mrsjayc, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 02 I have only had 1 outbreak, but it seemed quite severe. I had several blisters/lesions on the inner labia of my vagina. The lesions are very painful and took about 2 weeks to go away. It has been 2 months since the first outbreak and I have had nothing else to report since then. Even when my stress levels were high, no signs of an outbreak. (which is great, because my hubby does NOT have the virus.. and we are dealing with understanding the HOW I could have gotten this.) Comment from: alijewel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16 Normally a week before the vaginal blisters appear, the skin on my left leg all the way to the top of my thigh and upper buttock tingles and is very sensitive. I now have outbreaks every months which co-inside with my period. So I only seem to be symptom free for approx 2 weeks every month now. My first outbreak was 12 months ago.