There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV), type 1 and type 2.
It pretty unsettling that so much of the population has the virus, but just because someone has the disease doesn’t mean they’re going to transmit it, Dr. In fact, most outbreaks usually occur in the first 1 to 2 years, and after that many people's bodies suppress the virus for the most part.
Having herpes or dating someone with the virus doesn't mean your sex life is doomed, either.
The average rate of recurrence is four to five times in the first two years after being infected.
However, over time, it tends to become active less frequently and each outbreak becomes less severe.
Genital herpes can cause problems during pregnancy.