The Herpes Simplex Virus

Aside from HSV being the abbreviation for the city of Huntsville, Alabama, it is also the acronym for something more globally known, namely the Herpes Simplex Virus, commonly known as Herpes Simplex or simply herpes. Here you will find some information about herpes, including causes, signs and symptoms, as well as some things you can do to reduce the risk of acquiring  (or passing on) the virus, alleviating symptoms and perhaps minimizing the overall impact on your life. This information is NOT to be considered as medical advice or an endorsement of any products or services. It is highly recommended that you seek medical treatment from a qualified medical specialist if you are unsure about your condition, symptoms or options.

An Overview of the Herpes Simplex Virus

The herpes simplex viruses are categorized into two types: herpes type 1 (also known as HSV-1, oral herpes, mouth herpes) and herpes type 2 (HSV-2 or genital herpes). As a general rule, HSV-1 causes sores and blisters (often referred to as cold sores or fever blisters) around the lips and mouth, whereas herpes type 2 causes sores and blisters around the genitals or rectum. Although HSV-2 sores may occur in other locations, sores associated with this type are typically found below the waist. But, again, this is only a general rule and both types can cause blisters or sores anywhere on the body, sometimes resulting in confusion about which type of herpes a person is actually infected with.

Here you will find some more detailed information regarding the herpes simplex virus: