In the beginning, Most people are unaware of the presence of genital herpes infection. (HSV-2 infection). Herpes has very mild symptoms in the beginning, that's why many people don't realize it. The most common signs of genital herpes are sores (like classic cold sores). Their presence can be noticed in various locations like penis, vagina, upper thigh, buttocks , labia, scrotum , or around the anus.