What are Genital Herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, and can be passed from one partner to another during intercourse or oral sex. Most herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV type 2) virus. The Herpes Simplex 1 virus, which is usually associated with cold sores, can also cause genital herpes if the person performs oral sex while a cold sore is present.