Herpes simplex virus (herpes)
Herpes is an infection caused by two different but closely related viruses — herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both are easy to catch. They have similar symptoms (blisters or sores) and both can occur on different parts of the body. When the infection is on the mouth, it is called oral herpes. When it is on or near the sex organs, it is called genital herpes. Most oral herpes (cold sores) cases are caused by HSV-1 and most genital herpes cases are caused by HSV-2. Though there is no cure for herpes, treatments are available to speed up the healing of the genital sores.
- Genital herpes
MDH overview of genital herpes, signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention, and treatment.
- Herpes gladiatorum
MDH overview of herpes gladiatorum, signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention, and treatment.