HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips, so-called ? HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection.
Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks. There is no treatment that can cure herpes, but antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks during the period of time the person takes the medication.
More than 30 of these viruses are sexually transmitted, and they can infect the genital area of men and women including the skin of the penis, vulva (area outside the vagina), or anus, and the linings of the vagina, cervix, or rectum.
In addition, daily suppressive therapy for symptomatic herpes can reduce transmission to partners.
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Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of four women) than in men (almost one out of five).