Do Herpes Symptoms get Worse?

Dear Dr. Tom:

The only symptom I have had since being diagnosed with genital herpes is a small bump or two between my vagina and buttocks. Do symptoms get worse after awhile?

Dr. Tom’s Response:

Dear Anonymous:

One cannot generalize too widely about worsening of future herpetic outbreaks. However, HSV1 infections tend to be less discomforting than those caused by HSV2. You failed to specify if you knew which you carried. In a number of cases the symptoms become less troublesome, because of the buildup of immunity to the virus which tends to lessen severity of subsequent outbreaks. While not a prediction, yours would not seem likely to worsen.


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