Genital herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes simplex viruses: herpes simplex type I and herpes simplex type II. Both can be transmitted by vaginal intercourse, oral sex and rectal intercourse. Herpes simplex infections are characterized by three phases: an initial infection; latency, when the viral infection shows no symptoms; and recurrence. Recurrences are when an individual has repeated outbreaks, often at a substantial time after the initial infection occurs.
Herpes is a very common skin disease. Cold sores and fever blisters are an example of herpes in your mouth. You can find out that you have herpes a few days or as late as years after getting it.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease STD. There's no cure for genital herpes, but medicines can help control the infection. STDs also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs are infections that spread through sex vaginal, oral, or anal or close sexual contact.