I don't know how I got herpes. But I had a small itxhy pimple on my side below my ribs. It lasted forever, got better with a band aid and came and went. Then one on my thigh, also lasted for forever would almost heal, itch and burn and finally go away. My doctor took a culture and sure enough it genital herpes. I now get the itchy little bumps cropping up here and there frequently. I just got this at 50! Right before I got married. I use apple cider vinegar for the symptoms topically and have had the sick feeling side effects three times from March to March. Such a bummer. Guess I'll be taking acyclovir the rest of my life to not infect my husband and kids while wrestling.. Such a bummer.. Is there anything else that can be done?