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What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is an infection of the genitals (*** in men, vulva and vagina in women) and surrounding area of skin. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus. The buttocks and anus may also be affected. There are two types of herpes simplex virus:
* Type 1 herpes simplex virus is the usual cause of cold sores around the mouth. It also causes up to half of cases of genital herpes.
* Type 2 herpes simplex virus usually only causes genital herpes. It can sometimes cause cold sores.
The rest of this leaflet just deals with genital herpes. (See separate leaflet called 'Cold Sores' for details about herpes simplex infection around the mouth.) Herpes simplex infection can also affect other areas of the body. For example, herpes simplex infection that develops on the fingers is commonly called 'whitlow'.
How do you get genital herpes?
Genital herpes is usually passed on by close physical 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 that the virus is most commonly passed on by having vaginal, anal or oral (mouth-to-genitals) ***, or just close genital contact with an infected person.
Also, the herpes simplex virus can be passed on through contact with skin on another area of the body that is infected with the virus. For example, if you have a cold sore around your mouth, you may pass on the virus that causes genital herpes by having oral ***. Also, if you have a herpes infection on your finger, you may transfer the herpes infection to your own genital area.