Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus that affects one in six people in the Western world.
When suffering from genital herpes in women, the characteristic signs and symptoms of this disease may not appear in the case of asymptomatic genital herpes.
Genital herpes is one of the most contagious and common sexually transmitted diseases or STDs. However, because in most cases there are no symptoms, many people are unaware that they are infected, increasing the likelihood of transmitting the disease. The disease is caused by two types of virus: HSV-1, the herpes simplex virus type 1, which affects the mouth and lips but can be transmitted to the genitals, and HSV-2, the herpes simplex virus type 2, that typically causes genital herpes and is transmitted by skin contact or through oral and genital secretions.