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What is genital herpes?

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Genital herpes is a highly contagious infection usually spread through sex with a person with infected sores. But it also can be passed through oral or anal sex. And although less likely, it still can be spread by viral shedding even if no sores are visible.

Genital herpes can also be transmitted (spread) to a newborn during birth if the mother has an active infection.

From: Sexual Health and Genital Herpes WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 13, 2017

SOURCE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 13, 2017

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