Genital herpes is a disease which infect your genital areas. This disease commonly caused by a virus called herpes simplex (HSV) which parted into two:
* HSV-1. This is the type that usually causes cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth, though it can be spread to your genital area during oral sex.
* HSV-2. This is the type that commonly causes genital herpes. The virus spreads through sexual contact and skin-to-skin contact. HSV-2 is very common and highly contagious, whether or not you have an open sore.
Because the virus dies quickly outside of the body, it’s nearly impossible to get the infection through contact with toilets, towels or other objects used by an infected person. Genital herpes is usually passed on by skin contact with someone who is already infected with the virus. The moist skin that lines the mouth, genitals, and anus is the most susceptible to infection. This means the virus is most commonly passed on by having vaginal, anal or oral sex, or just close genital contact with an infected person. For example, if you have a cold sore around your mouth, you may pass on the virus that causes genital herpes by having oral sex.