Genital herpes is one of the most common and dreaded sexually transmitted infections. About one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years have the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition is slightly more common in women, as the virus can more easily infect a vagina as opposed to a penis. Here are the most common herpes symptoms in women.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the herpes virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact with a person who has the herpes virus, and who has visible sores, but you can also contract the virus from people with healthy looking skin. The herpes virus can enter the body through the the mouth, labia, vagina or even regular skin that has small cracks or cuts.