The Herpes Simplex 2 virus or the HSV 2 most commonly causes the genital herpes illness. It is a sexually transmitted disease (virus) that affects a huge number of sexually active people in the US and in other parts of the world. In fact, it is estimated that one in every four adults over the age of 12 carries the HSV virus.
It is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases to affect mankind. The disease is spread from one affected individual to another through oral, anal and regular sex. But Herpes Simplex 2 is not spread by kissing, masturbation and even through lip-to-lip kissing.
Though Herpes Simplex 2 primarily causes the genital herpes illness, in some cases even HSV 1 (which causes the cold sore disease) can be the culprit. The symptoms of cold sore as seen in and around the lip, inside of the mouth, on the face and on the eyes. When an individual performs oral sex, they may pass on the HSV 1 virus to another, and the other person will then get the type 1 virus genitally.
Cross infection is growing in numbers, mostly because people are under the false belief that oral sex is safe sex, when it isn’t.