Shingles is usually diagnosed based on the history of pain on one side of your body, along with the telltale rash and blisters.Your doctor may also take a tissue scraping or culture of the blisters for examination in the laboratory.

For further discussion of this aspect of herpes, please see the Herpe Site Recurrences & Outbreaks page.

Herpes can be carried in saliva from contact with an open sore, and can be passed via incidental transmission from fingers or hand when the virus is active.

However, Herpes, regardless of location on the body, is a skin rash that most find to be mainly inconvenient, annoying, and occasionally aggravating. So, a genital herpes infection will stay “below the belt” unless transferred elsewhere via direct contact or skin-to-skin transference – it won’t just show up on its own somewhere else on the body.

However, a recurrent episode may appear in any area in the genital region served by the branches of nerves connected to the sacral ganglion where the virus resides during its latent stage.

some recent research indicates that between 30% and 50% of new Genital Herpes infections are now caused by HSV1.

Herpes can be a serious health issue for certain people in rare cases.

In fairness, one must understand that HSV counseling does enter a realm in which many MDs are not comfortable, or for which they may not have time, namely psychological and sexual counseling.

Herpes Simplex 2 is the virus usually associated with Genital Herpes.

Touching a sore, and then touching another part of the body, or another person’s body, can transmit the virus.