Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U. Most cases of genital herpes are caused by infection by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Genital herpes is a common viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of the virus, types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2). As well as genital herpes, HSV can infect the mouth and cause cold sores. These usually appear 47 days after sexual exposure to HSV for the first time. Genital HSV-1 infection recurs at rate of about one sixth of that of genital HSV-2.
But the virus can still be spread, even when no sores or other symptoms are present. In some cases, you do not know you are infected. Genital HSV-2 infections are more common in women than men. Two types exist: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Overall, medical treatment of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is centered around specific antiviral treatment.