Skip to content Skip to footer

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus.

The most common form of manifestation is itching, redness and/or small white blisters in the genital area. In men, it most commonly manifests on the glans and foreskin. Although most infected people do not know they have it because they have no visible signs of herpes simplex.


There are two types of herpes simplex virus infections that can cause genital herpes:

  • Herpes simplex virus type 1: This type, usually causes cold sores or fever blisters in the mouth area. It is spread by skin contact, however it can spread to the genital area through oral sex. Recurrences are much less frequent than with herpes simplex virus type 2 infections.
  • Herpes simplex virus type 2: This type usually causes genital herpes. It is spread through sexual contact and skin contact. Herpes simplex virus type 2 is very common and highly contagious.


There is currently no cure for genital herpes, but medications can relieve symptoms and reduce the risk of infecting others. Usually, the antiviral drugs prescribed by the urologist to treat herpes are acyclovir and valacyclovir.


The way to prevent the spread of genital herpes, like all sexually transmitted diseases, is to use condoms.