That's because in most people it produces either no symptoms or very mild ones.
Genital herpes virus is passed from one person to another through sexual contact.
If you have signs of an active viral infection when it's time to deliver, your doctor will likely recommend a cesarean section for delivery.
The number of recurrences or outbreaks a person can have may vary.
Even though you can still pass the infection, you may never notice that you have symptoms from an HSV infection.
Sometimes, HSV is mistaken for vaginal yeast infections, bacterial infections, or bladder infections.
The only way to know whether they are the result of HSV or another condition is to be checked by a health care provider.
The blisters and sores may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms with fever and swollen lymph nodes.
Genital herpes is not the only condition that can produce these symptoms.
Your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications to help prevent or reduce the pain and discomfort from an outbreak of symptoms.
Medication taken on a daily basis to suppress the virus can reduce the number of outbreaks and reduce the risk of infecting others.
When symptoms recur, they usually come on during times of emotional stress or illness.
That's because, during these times, your body's immune system may be less able to suppress the virus and keep it from becoming active.
This happens even if the person with the virus doesn't have symptoms or signs of infection.