Herpes simplex is a viral infection that can affect the mouth, genitals or the anal area. It is contagious and can cause sores and other symptoms.
It is common for someone with herpes simplex not to have any symptoms, however even without experiencing any symptoms, a person who is infected can spread the infection.
When people experience symptoms, they will usually include sores. Other symptoms include;
It is usually possible for a doctor to diagnose through carrying out physical examination of symptoms. The sores are easy to identify.
Although there is no cure, anti-viral treatments are available to help control the symptoms and reduce the frequency of outbreaks.