Common Std's / Sti's
Genital Herpes Summary
Genital Herpes In Brief
Genital herpes is caused by a virus known as Herpes simplex virus (HSV).
There are five types of Herpes virus, however, only herpes simplex-1 (hsv-1) and herpes simplex-2 (hsv-2) are considered as sexually transmissible.
Generally, herpes simplex-1 (hsv-1) is responsible for cold-sores and herpes simplex-2 (hsv-2) is most prevalent in sexually transmitted herpes, however, there is now considerable cross-over of both virus types and both hsv-1 and hsv-2 are now considered sexually transmissible.
Genital herpes is spread through sexual contact.
Women who are pregnant should consult a physician for advice.
Herpes is incurable although it can be managed by different treatment options.