Literally meaning: creeping
Origin: Anc Greek
έρπω/herpo(=creep, crawl) cognate with Latin serpēns serpent bacause of the general behavior when a virus is spread to another.
By Hippocrates (460 BC – ca. 370) in order to describe lesions that appeared to creep along the skin. Herpes labialis or fever blisters” were the first described by a Roman physician Herodotus. Over the centuries, the term was used to describe a variety of skin ailments from what we know today as lupus to a variety of viral, fungal or parasitic infections. The first link between herpes and the genital organs was published in 1736 by John Astruc, physician for King Louis XIV of
and the first book dedicated to herpes was written in 1896 by French dermatologist Dr Alfred Fournier. France
Herpes is the name for the viral infection caused by both the oral type or Herpes simplex virus type I (HSV-1) and genital type or type 2 (HSV-2).