What are the clinical features of genital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection in men?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Folusakin O Ayoade, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Clinical features in men: Herpetic vesicles appear in the glans penis, the prepuce, the shaft of the penis, and sometimes on the scrotum, thighs, and buttocks. In dry areas, the lesions progress to pustules and then encrust. Herpetic urethritis occurs in 30%-40% of affected men and is characterized by severe dysuria and mucoid discharge. The perianal area and rectum may be involved in persons who engage in anal intercourse, resulting in herpetic proctitis.


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