Herpes is a common viral infection. It does not have a cure, but medication can be used to treat and/or decrease outbreaks. With time, outbreaks usually get less frequent and less severe.
There are 2 types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 has traditionally been associated with oral cold sores and HSV-2 with genital herpes. However, HSV-1 can also cause genital herpes, and HSV-2 can cause oral cold sores.