Genital herpes is a common sexually transmissible infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are antiviral drugs to manage the virus, and if taken at the beginning of an episode, they can help reduce the duration and severity of the episode. Please note that these Flash slide shows are not suitable to be viewed on mobile or tablet devices. An online herpes support group. From the nitty gritty of how to heal from herpes outbreaks to how to have the herpes talk with grace and integrity. Help please. Possibility of getting genital hsv 1. Genital herpes is a common sexually transmissible infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus. There is no cure for genital herpes, but medication can help manage and reduce the severity of symptoms, and also reduce the frequency of recurrences. If you are worried about your health, please consult your general practitioner.