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Genital Herpes: Symptoms, Causes and Risks

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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD or STI). An STD is defined as an infection that is transferred to another person through some type of sexual contact. It is also important to know that sexual contact is considered not only vaginal or anal penetration. It includes kissing, oral-genital contact and the use of sex toys like a vibrator.

Genital herpes or herpes is a viral infection that is passed on when contact is made with microscopic tears of the mucous-covered lining of the mouth, vagina or genital skin. The virus is manifested by an outbreak of redness and blisters.

Typically, the first outbreak is the most severe. Any following breakouts are usually mild and sporadic. Blisters may appear around the mouth (usually caused by herpes simplex virus 1 or HSV-1) and the anus (usually caused by the herpes simplex virus 2 or HSV-2).


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