Herpes simplex virus is an infection that has been around for as far back as you can remember. This infection is defined by Encarta dictionary as a viral skins disease marked by cluster of small watery blisters. This disease is categorized into two such as type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). This disease can affect the mouth, lips or genital. A simplex virus on the mouth is known as oral or mouth herpes while a simplex virus on the genital is called genital herpes. This infection is usually spread through skin contact or sexual intercourse with someone who is already infected. A lot of people carry this illness around without knowing that they have a contagious virus and this can damage the body immune system. Kissing person with this oral herpes can be very risky as it can be easily spread through the salivary gland or contact. The signs of infection differ depending on the individual, some might get the symptom earlier while others might not even have the symptoms. Some of the signs that an infected person might witness are cold sores and blister. This disease has a life cycle of 21 days which disappear afterward but still leave the infected person with the virus. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable way of preventing transmission of this ailment, but they only decrease rather than eliminate risk. However, there are many drugs on the counter that claim to offer complete and total eradication of these diseases. Before you begin any treatment, ensure you get diagnosed by a clinic and seek the advice of your doctor on what drug is the best. Pharmaceutical companies are always coming out with a variety of drugs some people claim that they have gotten cured by it. Once you identify you have this herpes simplex virus, stay away from young kids especially and avoid kissing them as they can easily get infect and their immune system is not capable of fighting the scourge. To Your Success, John Benjamin John Benjamin is the author of Herpes Simplex Virus. Visit my blog at Symptoms of Genital Herpes for more information.