Genital herpes most often appears as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. When these blisters burst they leave the tender sores known as ulcers. HSV-1 is most often associated with cold sores and fever blisters above the waist. If you have herpes, you should always use a condom when having sex, unless your partner already has the disease. Following the prodrome come the herpes blisters, which are similar on men and women. The vagina and cervix are almost always involved which causes a watery discharge.
HSV causes cold sores or fever blisters (oral herpes), and it also causes genital sores (genital herpes). Always use condoms because sometimes signs and symptoms of herpes infection are not recognized. Herpes is always transmitted through oral or genital contact with the virus. Herpes outbreaks often appear as a rash, bumps or one or more sores around the genitals or the mouth, which can progress to blisters.