What Does a Herpes Look Like?
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). You may be surprised to find that there are two common types of herpes simplex virus infections – Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). In fact, 85 percent of the world’s population is infected with at least one type. Both men and women can be infected with herpes simplex virus, but the pattern of infection is different.
Herpes infections are caused by herpes simplex viruses, which enter through the skin and travel to the nerves, where they generally do not cause problems. Herpes can cause skin sores, however, when the viruses become active. Herpes simplex virus is transmitted through close personal contact include exchange of saliva, semen, cervical fluid, or vesicles in active lesions.