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The herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted infection (STI). HSV comes in two varieties: HSV-1 and HSV-2. While both forms can cause genital herpes, HSV-2 is more typically connected with infections in the vaginal area. Transmission of genital herpes is most commonly transmitted through sexual contact with an infected individual, particularly during viral shedding when the virus is active on the skin or mucous membranes, even in the absence of visible blisters or symptoms. It can also be transferred by oral-genital contact, resulting in genital herpes or genital herpes surrounding the mouth. Individuals may suffer flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, and enlarged lymph nodes during the early infection. Sores or blisters form in the vaginal area shortly after, which can be uncomfortable and create itching or burning sensations. Before healing, these lesions rupture and create ulcers. The first outbreak is frequently the most severe, followed by lesser and less frequent episodes. The virus remains dormant in nerve cells near the spinal cord after the initial infection. The virus can reactivate on a regular basis, resulting in recurring epidemics. These flare-ups can be triggered by factors such as stress, illness, hormonal changes, and a weaker immune system. Physical examination, symptoms, and laboratory testing such as viral culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests from sore swabs are frequently used to diagnose genital herpes. While there is no cure for genital herpes, antiviral drugs can help control symptoms, reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks, and limit the risk of the virus being transmitted to sexual partners. Furthermore, practicing safe sex by routinely and correctly using condoms might lower the chance of transmission, however it may not give complete protection because the virus can be present in places not covered by a condom. Managing outbreaks and establishing a healthy lifestyle to strengthen the immune system are all part of living with genital herpes. Coping with genital herpes requires emotional support, education about the condition, and open communication with sexual partners. Individuals with genital herpes should inform their sexual partners about their condition so that they can make informed decisions about risk reduction techniques and viral transmission. Regular check-ups with healthcare specialists are also advised to successfully monitor and control the infection.