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What is a genital herpes, and how do I get infected with it?

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Genital herpes is a common infection you can get from having sex. It’s caused by two different viruses called herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2).

You get genital herpes from vaginal, oral, or anal sex with someone who already has it.

If you think you’ve been exposed, get tested. It could help you to learn more about the disease and talk honestly with your sexual partner.

From: Herpes Test: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Genital Herpes.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Herpes.”

Lab Tests Online: “Herpes Testing.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Genital Herpes Simplex: Brief Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes Blood Test Reference Guide.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Genital Herpes -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Genital Herpes.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Herpes.”

Lab Tests Online: “Herpes Testing.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Genital Herpes Simplex: Brief Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.”

American Sexual Health Association: “Herpes Blood Test Reference Guide.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 04, 2018

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