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What causes genital herpes?
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In brief: Virus
Caused by herpes virus and spread by skin-to-skin contact.

In brief: Virus
Caused by herpes virus and spread by skin-to-skin contact.
Dr. Andrew Siegel
Dr. Andrew Siegel
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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: An STD caused by HSV
Genital herpes is only acquired from sexual contact.
There are two viruses, herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV1, HSV2). Each causes about half of all new genital herpes infections. HSV1 almost always is acquired by oral sex, HSV2 almost always by intercourse. Other important differences are HSV2 usually causes more frequent outbreaks and more often transmitted sexually to partners

In brief: An STD caused by HSV
Genital herpes is only acquired from sexual contact.
There are two viruses, herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV1, HSV2). Each causes about half of all new genital herpes infections. HSV1 almost always is acquired by oral sex, HSV2 almost always by intercourse. Other important differences are HSV2 usually causes more frequent outbreaks and more often transmitted sexually to partners
Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine
In brief: A virus
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease.
It can occur when you have unprotected sex with a partner that has herpes and is actively shedding the virus. The tricky part is that people can shed virus without having any symptoms. Condoms help prevent the transmission.

In brief: A virus
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease.
It can occur when you have unprotected sex with a partner that has herpes and is actively shedding the virus. The tricky part is that people can shed virus without having any symptoms. Condoms help prevent the transmission.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Dr. Michael Sinclair
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