Herpes Simplex Virus is an incurable (but treatable!) viral infection. It can cause painful, itchy sores on your vagina, vulva, cervix, penis, scrotum, butt, anus, or upper thighs. Genital herpes is common, with most people not having symptoms at all! However, even without the "sores" or "bumps," herpes can be spread to other sex partners through saliva and touching of the skin. There are two types of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 & 2:
HSV-1: usually causes oral herpes (upper body)
HSV-2: usually causes genital herpes (lower body)
However, either strain can affect any area of the body.