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Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes Overview

Genital herpes is a common, highly infectious disease caused by a virus that infects genital areas. It is transmitted from one person to another during sexual activity. Genital herpes causes blisters or groups of small ulcers (open sores) on and around the genitals in both men and women. Genital herpes cannot be cured; however, there are medications that can be prescribed to treat outbreaks, minimize the symptoms, and decrease recurrences.

  • Genital herpes is extremely widespread, largely because it is so contagious. Carriers can transmit the disease without having any symptoms of an active infection.
  • The highest rates of infection are seen among the poor, those with less education, those using cocaine, and those with many sexual partners.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/4/2014

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