Herpes is an infection that is caused by a herpes
simplex virus (HSV). Oral herpes causes cold
sores around the mouth or face.
Genital herpes affects the genitals, buttocks or anal area. Genital herpes is
a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It affects the genitals, buttocks or anal area.
Other herpes infections can affect the eyes, skin, or other parts of the body. The
virus can be dangerous in newborn babies or in people with weak immune
There are two types of
- HSV type 1 most commonly causes cold sores. It
can also cause genital herpes.
- HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes,
but it also can infect the mouth.
HSV spreads direct contact. Some people have no
symptoms. Others get sores near the area where the virus has entered the body. They
turn into blisters, become itchy and painful, and then heal.
Most people have outbreaks several times a year. Over
time, you get them less often. Medicines to help your body fight the virus can help
lessen symptoms and decrease outbreaks. Herpes Home