What is herpes?

Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex viruses: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is primarily associated with oral herpes, while HSV-2 is primarily associated with genital herpes.

Herpes is very common, and it is estimated that around 50 million people in the United States have genital herpes, and about 1 in 8 people in the world have HSV-2.

It is important to remember that people with herpes can lead healthy, fulfilling lives and that with proper treatment, the symptoms of herpes can be managed, and outbreaks can be reduced. If you have any concerns or questions about herpes, you should speak with a healthcare provider.