Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).This first outbreak usually happens within 2 days to 2 weeks of being infected.
Genital herpes is a highly contagious infectious disease that is transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person.
- HSV-2 most often causes genital herpes. HSV-2 can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals.Genital HSV-2 infections are more common in women than men.
- HSV-1 usually affects the mouth and lips and causes cold sores or fever blisters. However, it can spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex.