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Is genital herpes a contagious disease?
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Dr. Christopher Blais
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Genital herpes is caused by an infectious virus called herpes simplex virus.
It is generally a sexually transmitted disease.

In brief: Yes
Genital herpes is caused by an infectious virus called herpes simplex virus.
It is generally a sexually transmitted disease.
Dr. Christopher Blais
Dr. Christopher Blais
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, due to a virus
The way to avoid genital herpes is to avoid the virus.
On an individual basis, that means no sexual contact with "sores" or possible "sores". Extra safety means using condoms even if one partner is "ok today" but has sores off and on. One with frequent sores can ask a doctor for antiviral preventive medicine. On a community-wide basis, fewer partners per person drops the number of infected people.

In brief: Yes, due to a virus
The way to avoid genital herpes is to avoid the virus.
On an individual basis, that means no sexual contact with "sores" or possible "sores". Extra safety means using condoms even if one partner is "ok today" but has sores off and on. One with frequent sores can ask a doctor for antiviral preventive medicine. On a community-wide basis, fewer partners per person drops the number of infected people.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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