Recurrent outbreaks are the norm for people with genital herpes.  About 90% of those infected report repeat outbreaks. While some people may develop only one to two outbreaks each year, others will have up to eight outbreaks a year.  The symptoms are milder in most recurrent attacks than in the primary infection.  If recurrent attacks are severe (typically more than six per year), antiviral medications as suppressive therapy may be recommended.