The genital herpes virus causes painful ulcers in or around the genitals and / or mouth. Wounds can appear with relapses for many years. The disease is transmitted from one person to another by sexual intercourse.

There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2.

HSV-1 often causes shingles.

HSV-2 is most often the cause of genital herpes. Sometimes, HSV-1 also causes genital herpes. The virus can be transmitted, even when there are no visible wounds or symptoms. A mother with genital herpes can infect her newborn during childbirth and appropriate precautions must be taken.

There is effective treatment, both to treat symptoms and to reduce or prevent relapses.

The treatment consists of antiperspirants (Valtrex – Zovirax – Famvir)