The herpes simplex virus causes genital herpes, a common sexually transmitted infection (HSV). The virus is spread primarily through sexual contact. The virus remains dormant in your body after the initial infection and can reactivate several times a year. Pain, itching, and sores in the genital area are all symptoms of genital herpes. However, you might not show any signs or symptoms of genital herpes. Even if you don't have any visible sores, you can be contagious if you're infected.
Genital Herpes Facts and Figures
According to the World Health Organization, genital herpes is common in people ages 15 to 49. Around 13% of people worldwide have the HSV-2 infection. This disease is more easily transferred from men to women during sexual intercourse. Some further facts and statistics about the incidence and prevalence of genital herpes have been listed below: