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What causes genital herpes?

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Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Most cases of genital herpes are caused by infection by the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is more often the cause of cold sores or fever blisters. But it can also be a cause of genital herpes.

From: Common Symptoms of Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet."

AVERT: "Herpes: Symptoms, Treatment & Facts."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Genital Herpes: Symptoms."

Planned Parenthood: "Herpes."

Mayo Clinic: "Genital herpes: Symptoms."

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 09, 2018

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