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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 who has infected sores. You can also get it from oral or anal sex. It's less likely, but it can also spread through viral shedding even if no sores are visible. A mother with an active infection can also pass it to a newborn during birth. At least 45 million American adults and adolescents have genital herpes -- that's one out of every four to five people, making it one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It's more common in women than men.

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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