is a medical term refers to a group of Infectious, contagious and recurrent diseases caused by viruses. There
are many types of herpes viruses:
HHV-1, Herpes simplex
virus-1 (HSV-1) – Causes oral herpes
HHV-2, Herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2)
– responsible for genital
HHV-3, Varicella zoster
virus(VZV) – agent of chickenpox and shingles
virus (EBV) - Agent of Infectious mononucleosis and the
cytomegalovirus, usually affects newborns and immunodepressive people
Cytomegalovirus(CMV) – May cause Swollen lymph glands, Flu-like symptoms,
Pneumonitis (inflammation of lung tissue), and more.
causes roseola infantum,
also known as sixth disease and exanthem
sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, also known as Herpes B virus – May cause Kaposi Sarcoma,
a rare type of cancer that can cause skin lesions.
Among these viruses, the most
common are the Herpes Simplex Type 1
(HSV 1), also called blisters, cold sores or oral Herpes; and Herpes Simplex Type 2 (HSV 2),
commonly known as genital Herpes (See types of herpes below).
Types of Herpes