@stoneMason-- The amount of time it takes for herpes symptoms to show up really ranges from person to person. Sometimes the symptoms show up right away. Other times, it takes months and even years for someone to get their first breakout after becoming infected. So it's difficult to give an exact answer to this question.
That being said, my doctor told me that those with a severe form of genital herpes will develop symptoms rather quickly after infection. And the symptom will be many like clusters of sore blisters, itching, pain, difficulty urinating, fatigue, fever and even back pain. Someone who is experiencing most of these symptoms definitely does not have a mild form of herpes. These are signs that serious treatments like anti-viral medications are needed. These are also signs that the virus is very active and infectious at that time.