It is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus.
The most usual manifestation is with itching, redness and/or small white blisters in the genital area. In men it manifests itself most often in the glans and the foreskin. Although the majority of infected persons are unaware that they have it that do not exhibit visible signs of herpes simplex.
There are two types of infections of the herpes simplex virus that can cause genital herpes:
- Herpes simplex Virus type 1: This type, usually causes cold sores or fever blisters on the mouth area. It is spread by skin contact, however it can be extended to the area of the genitals through oral sex. The recurrences are much less frequent than infections by the herpes simplex virus type 2.
- Herpes simplex Virus type 2: This type typically cause genital herpes. It is spread through sexual contact and contact with the skin. The herpes simplex virus type 2 is very common and highly contagious.
Genital herpes to the present has no cure, the medicines can relieve symptoms and reduce the risk of infecting other people. Usually, antiviral medication indicated by the Urologist to treat herpes are acyclovir and valacyclovir.
The form prevent the spread of genital Herpes, like all diseases sexual transmission is using condoms.