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Herpes, genital

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Introduction
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 or type 2. It causes painful blisters to appear on the genitals and the surrounding areas.
Symptoms of genital herpes
Most people with the herpes simplex virus (HSV) do not experience any symptoms of genital herpes when they are first infected.
Causes of genital herpes
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). The virus is very contagious and spreads from one person to another through skin-to-skin contact.
Diagnosing genital herpes
If you think that you may have genital herpes for the first time (primary infection), you should visit your local genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic as soon.
Treating genital herpes
Treatment for genital herpes will depend on whether you have the infection for the first time (a primary infection) or whether you have a recurrent infection.
Complications of genital herpes
The herpes virus can pose problems during pregnancy and may be passed to the baby. The blisters caused by HSV can also become infected by other bacteria.
Preventing genital herpes
The following advice can help to prevent the herpes simplex virus (HSV) spreading to others. If you have genital herpes, you should avoid having sex.
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