Herpes is the name of a group of viruses that cause painful blisters and sores. The most common viruses are:
- Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 and type 2 – causes cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth and sores on the genitals (sexual organs).
- Herpes zoster – causes chickenpox and shingles
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection. Once you are infected, you have the virus for the rest of your life.
Keyword: herpes; herpes+; herpes++