Re: Herpes or shingles?? Please read!
Herpes simplex (herpes) and herpes zoster (shingles) are such close relatives, that the treatment is pretty much the same. Don't hope it is shingles, that can damage the nerves so much that you can have semi-permanent pain afterwards. It is a pretty nasty thing for some people, much nastier than simplex. If it is herpes simplex, it is probably not something you caught from sex; as the other poster said, it lives in the body for years, possibly after chicken pox. My daughter had herpes simplex from the age of 14 and she still gets outbreaks on her side. She has never infected anyone else.