Genital Herpes


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Genital Herpes

** Genital Herpes **

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· What Is It?
· Symptoms of an Outbreak
· How Long Until Symptoms Appear?
· What Can Happen?
· How Is It Prevented?
· How Is It Treated?


-What Is It?-

Genital herpes is caused by a virus called herpes simplex (HSV). There are
two different types of herpes virus that cause genital herpes — HSV-1 and
HSV-2. Most forms of genital herpes are HSV-2. But a person with HSV-1 (the
type of virus that causes cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth)
can transmit the virus through oral sex to another person's genitals.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It can cause sores
in the genital area and is transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal sex,
especially from unprotected sex when infected skin touches the vaginal,
oral, or anal area. Occasionally, it can cause sores in the mouth, and can
be spread by secretions in saliva. Because the virus does not live outside
the body for long, you cannot catch genital herpes from an object, such as
a toilet seat.

-Symptoms of an Outbreak-


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