The origin of the Herpes is not actually known but was originally discovered by Ancient Greeks and was described as 'sores that seemed to "creep" across the skin.

It was discovered too long ago to know exactly how but all leads back to Ancient Greece and was present in Shakespearean Times.

Background Knowledge- Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) commonly causes infections of the skin in mucus membranes. Sometimes it can cause more serious infections in other parts of the body. HSV is one of the most difficult viruses to control and has plagued mankind for thousands of years.

3 Diseases caused by Herpes and how its passed on: Herpes simplex type I ( HSV-1 is commonly found around the mouth and is often called "cold sores". It can be passed to the genitals


Hepes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) is commonly found in the genital area, but it can be passed to the mouth through oral sex. It is uncommon for HSV-2 to be found on the lips, but it is becoming more common to find HSV-1 in the genital area. Both types are sometimes passed to other areas of the body through skin-to-skin contact.).

HHV-8 Most people do not think of kissing as a way of spreading serious sexually transmitted diseases. But kissing between men may be what spreads human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8), the cause of Kaposi’s sarcoma, according to researchers at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Cure: There is no cure for herpes because it is a lifelong disease. Herpes can be controlled with medication but can only be prevented by practicing safe sex.

Benefits to science: Although having herpes is a bad thing it has benefited research by scientists. It has helped find links to autism and herpes- the offspring of an individual (with herpes) could have a kid that has autism says science daily.

Benefits to medicine: Herpes has immensely helped scientists find uses for different medicine. It has greatened the understanding of STD's and helped find chemical and natural ways to treat it. They are still working on a cure for Herpes-at least a permanent one.


Prevention, Div of herpes. “Genital HSV Infections.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8 June 2015, Accessed 1 Mar. 2017.

“Kissing May Spread Human Herpes Virus 8, the Cause of Kaposi’s Sarcoma, among Men.” UW Today, Mar. 2016.

“SmartSexResource.” BC Centre for Disease Control, Accessed 1 Mar. 2017.

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