It is one of the known infections which are sexually transmitted. It mainly affects men and women. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). Virus is transmitted through sexual contact. After post infection the virus is inactive in body and can activate numerous times in body.
Symptoms and Treatment
Its symptoms are pain, itching and sores in the genital area. The time, when the symptoms are visible, HSV type 1 mostly affect the lips causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores, but it also can infect the genital area and produce sores there. There are no specific treatments for genital herpes however medications can be preferred to minimize the risk of infection.
Mostly European countries are affected by genital herpes simplex virus. As suggested by one study about 8.9% of total population in Switzerland was HSV-2 seropositive however the prevalence of HSV-1 is estimated to be 8.5%.