Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
It is contagious and can cause pain, itching and sores in genital areas.
Genital herpes is ussally caused by two kinds of herpes simplex virus infections:
- HSV-1. It usually causes cold sores or fever blisters and can be spread to genital area.
- HSV-2. It commonly causes genital herpes.