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What happens when you have both genital herpes and HIV?

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One can worsen the effects of the other. When the herpes virus is active, it may cause HIV to make more copies of itself than it would otherwise. The more HIV replicates, the more of the body's infection-fighting cells it destroys, eventually leading to AIDS.

People infected with both HIV and the herpes virus may have longer-lasting, more frequent, and more severe outbreaks of herpes symptoms, because a weakened immune system can't keep the herpes virus under control as well as a healthy immune system can.

From: Genital Herpes and HIV WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  Center for HIV Information, University of California San Francisco.  CDC.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:  Center for HIV Information, University of California San Francisco.  CDC.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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