Herpes simplex is a viral infection that typically affects the mouth, genitals, or anal area. It is contagious and can cause outbreaks of sores and other symptoms. Herpes simplex virus HSV is a highly prevalent infection globally, with the most common type affecting around 3. It spreads rapidly through direct contact with a person who carries HSV. The sexual transmission of some types of HSV is also possible.
It can cause sores on your genital or rectal area, buttocks, and thighs. You can get it from having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has it. The virus can spread even when sores are not present. Mothers can also infect their babies during childbirth.
In fact, 85 percent of people in the world has been infected with at least one type. In the past, HSV-1 infections occurred in the mouth and HSV-2 infections occurred in the genital area, but now either type of virus can infect either site. HSV infections can also occur throughout the body, often on the finger or even in one or both of the eyes. This photo shows an example of the early stages of the herpes rash. Notice that the vesicles all appear to be on the same red base.
Female genital sores are bumps and lesions in or around the vagina. Some sores may be itchy, painful, tender, or produce a discharge. And, some may not cause any symptoms. Bumps or sores on the genitals sometimes happen for no reason and resolve on their own.