yes, I expereinced flu-like symptoms with the first genital herpes outbreak and body ache The primary outbreak was very painful and uncomfortable
It's strange how symptoms differ from person to person. I got infected with HSV2 almost a year back. I've always had burning sensation in my penis since day one, not even valtrex has helped. It's like i'm on a daily outbreak. I can't recall ever having flu, blisters or sores. I also had terrible diarrhoea for 2 weeks from day one. Muscle and joint aches set in after two months of infection but stopped. Burning sensation around lips, face and body joints ocassionally come and go.
It depends. A true primary infection means that you don't have either hsv1 or 2, and get infected with either type. Many people get flu like symptoms that include aches, fevers, headaches, etc., but may not get nausea or diarrhea.
If you get hsv2, and have hsv1 already, your initial outbreak may be much milder.
Also, keep in mind that most people with herpes don't even know they have it because their symptoms are so mild or they get no symptoms.
I had no flu-like symptoms on my first outbreak last year, yet have had them many times since on recurrences. I get recurrences every few weeks which always begin with a sudden onset of a mild fever / disorientation, and are followed a few hours to a day later with intense burning in my thighs and hips.