Genital Herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by the virus called Herpes Simplex (HSV). Most people with the genital herpes virus don't have symptoms and are unaware they have it.
There are 2 forms of the herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2.
You can get genital herpes by having skin contact, vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has either of the viruses. You can get herpes from an infected sex partner who does not have a visible sore. Use of a condom can reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.
A mother can transmit the infection to her baby during childbirth if the mother has symptoms at the time. Once a person is infected with HSV, the virus remains in a person's body and may flare up again.