Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection affecting the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals.Alternative Names
Herpes - genital; Herpes simplex - genital; Herpesvirus 2; HSV-2Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Genital herpes is caused by two viruses:
- Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)
- Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)
Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) causes most cases of genital herpes. HSV-2 can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals.