Cold Sores
Viruses (biological)

Is herpes bacterial or viral?

Answer

Wiki User
09/13/2014

Herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2.

Herpes simples virus 2 infections are the primary cause of gential herpes infections that occur in the genital regions. These form the virus lies dormant in the sacral nerve at the base of the spine.