And to an utmost certainty it definitely can mess up many a relationship. However, directly as a result of the herpes virus, you can say it is not a death sentence. Oral herpes can be caused by HSV-1 or HSV-2, but typically, HSV-1 is above the waist. Genital herpes is usually caused by HSV-2, and generally below the waist. You may have a a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck. After the prodromal stage, blisters appear, they usually break open, and leak clear infectious fluid, and then crust over lasting 2 24 days. The herpes virus is easily killed with soap and water. Once the virus has entered and infected the body, it remains dormant and there is no cure. Both viruses can trigger herpes outbreaks, which start as blisters that eventually turn into sores. Though there is no way to kill off herpes viruses, you can reduce and even prevent outbreaks from occurring.