Over 50 million Americans 1 in 5 adults have been infected, although some do not develop any symptoms. There are several types of herpes simplex virus. Type 2 HSV-2 most often causes genital sores, but type 1 the type that most often appears as a cold sores on the mouth can also cause infection in the genital area. The genital sores contain the herpes virus that can be passed to another person during sexual contact. A person with genital herpes can also spread the infection to other parts of his or her body by direct contact i. Herpes can also be spread from one area of the body to another via contact with or touching an infected area.
Genital herpes is a recurrent, lifelong skin infection caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV. Herpes lesions on the face, sometimes referred to as cold sores, are primarily due to HSV Both types of HSV produce 2 kinds of infections: primary and recurrent. Because it is so contagious, HSV causes a primary infection in most people who are exposed to the virus.
The most common symptom of herpes is skin lesions. These lesions can be confused with similar-looking lesions caused by a number of other conditions. Genital herpes is a very common sexually transmitted disease STD.
While some people realize that they have genital herpes, many do not. It is estimated that one in five persons in the United States has genital herpes; however, as many as 90 percent are unaware that they have the virus. This is because many people have very mild symptoms that go unrecognized or are mistaken for another condition or no symptoms at all.