WARNING.  The following female and male herpes pictures are graphic in nature.

Oral herpes or Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) can be transmitted through touching, kissing, sexual contact with sores or blisters; sharing cups, towels and toilet seats. Symptoms include cold sores or fever blisters on the lips, mouth or throat; herpetic sores on the genitals.

Genital herpes or Herpes simplex virus-type 2 (HSV-2) is almost always transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal sexual activity; most contagious during active outbreaks of the disease.

The following are some female and male herpes pictures. WARNING. These female and male herpes pictures are quite graphic. 

The picture on the top left shows a man with herpes on his back, the pictures on the right shows men with herpes on their chest and the picture on the bottom left shows a woman’s hand that has active herpes sores.

The following are some male herpes pictures of cold sores that can flare up from oral herpes.

The following are some male genital herpes pictures.

* The genital male herpes pictures have been removed due to excessively graphic content.  Please note that the same symptoms and blisters as oral herpes applies to genital herpes. If you suspect that you or your partner have genital herpes look for those type of lesions on their body and/or genital area.

Male genital herpes symptoms and general herpes symptoms include painful, reddish bumps around the genitals, thighs, or buttocks; in women, may also be in the vagina or on the cervix. Bumps become blisters or sores that fill with pus and break, shedding viral particles. Other possible symptoms of herpes in men and women include burning during urination, fever, aches and pains, swollen glands and in women vaginal discharge.

Preventing Herpes

As of 2010, scientists are still trying to develop a vaccine for herpes with no avail. Symptoms of herpes can be controlled however with herpeset. For more information about Herpeset, click here. A good diet and living a stress free life will also help to prevent herpes flare ups.

Prevention is the best way to control the spread of STIs, especially for those which there is no cure or vaccine. Prevention of even one case of herpes can prevent its spread to others. There are many things that you can do to lower your risk of contracting herpes and other STIs. Safer sex is only one aspect of prevention.

Other methods include using latex condoms. Latex condoms are effective in blocking nearly all sexually transmissible organisms. With regular use, latex condoms reduce the rate of STI infections by about 50% on average. Improper use or inconsistent use is a common reason for failures in using condoms to prevent STI transmission. Yet even when used properly, condoms may be of limited or no value against disease-causing organisms that are transmitted externally such as herpes and genital warts. Condoms made from animal membranes “skins” are less effective as barriers against STI causing organisms as they contain pores that allow tiny microbes, including HIV, to penetrate.