Yes, herpes can cause itching, especially during the first outbreak. Herpes is a viral infection that can cause sores or blisters on or around the mouth, genitals, or anus. These sores can be painful, and they may also be accompanied by itching, burning, or tingling sensations. Itching can be a symptom of both genital herpes and oral herpes. It is important to note that not everyone with herpes will experience itching, and some people may have mild or no symptoms at all. If you think you may have herpes or any other sexually transmitted infection, it is important to see a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment.