its primary drive is to reproduce and perpetuate the species. Most of the things that humans do is somehow tied to reproduction. We work hard to get a better job so we can make more money so we can attract a better mate to reproduce with.
It can be fun to anthropomorphise herpes, but it's not, IMO, a thinking organism, it just does what it's programmed to do.
"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Mark Twain