These episodes are caused by a very common virus infection known as herpes simplex virus (HSV), of which there are two types: HSV-1, the most common type, which causes facial and genital herpes. HSV-2, which usually causes genital herpes. Due to the nature and structure of the neural pathways, recurrences of herpes may not always appear in the same exact place. However, they will remain in the same general area – in genital Herpes infections, perhaps migrating a few inches in the genital region, or showing up on the upper thigh, or the buttocks.
Mar 30, · herpes simplex 2 (HSV-2), or genital herpes, which generally affects the genitals According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 67 percent of people under 50 years old have the HSV-1 virus, and Author: Amanda Barrell. May 08, · In , I was diagnosed with genital herpes, after 18 years of what I thought was a faithful marriage and 2 years of being together exclusively before that. And the doctor told me it was a new infection, not something that had been lying dormant for 20 years (i.e. since before I met my husband).