Genital Herpes and Mononucleosis

Genital herpes and mononucleosis are caused by the family of herpes viruses. A certain viral infection can only be triggered by a specific herpes virus. In this case, Mononucleosis, the "kissing disease," is due to the Epstein-Barr virus or cytomegalovirus, passed through saliva. On the other hand, genital herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 or Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2; it is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).