A year-old man presented to his family physician FP with a one-week history of multiple painful vesicles on the shaft of his penis associated with tender groin adenopathy. The vesicles broke 2 days earlier and the pain had increased. The patient had similar lesions one year earlier but did not seek medical care at that time. He had 3 different female sexual partners in the past 2 years but had no knowledge of them having any sores or diseases. The FP diagnosed this patient with genital herpes.
Penis Sores: What Causes Sores and Blisters on the Tip or Shaft?
In fact, 85 percent of people in the world has been infected with at least one type. In the past, HSV-1 infections occurred in the mouth and HSV-2 infections occurred in the genital area, but now either type of virus can infect either site. HSV infections can also occur throughout the body, often on the finger or even in one or both of the eyes. This photo shows an example of the early stages of the herpes rash. Notice that the vesicles all appear to be on the same red base. Compare this picture of a typical chickenpox rash to the previous picture of a herpes rash. The vesicles of chickenpox are rarely clustered together in a group like the herpes vesicles are.
Herpes is a common, incurable sexually transmitted disease. Both viruses are transmitted by close contact with a person who has the virus. You can also get genital herpes by having vaginal or anal sex with someone who has the virus.