Genital herpes is a common sexually-transmitted disease caused by a virus that infects genital areas. It is caused by herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) through sexual contact. After the initial infection, the virus lies dormant in your body and can reactivate several times a year.
There is no cure for genital herpes, but medications are available that can treat outbreaks, minimize the symptoms, and decrease recurrences.
Genital herpes facts:
- There is no “safe” sex.
- Condoms do not necessarily prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
- Many people are infected with herpes virus and are not aware of the infection.
- The herpes virus is spread by direct person-to-person contact.
- An infected person may transmit the virus to others even if no symptoms are present.