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- Feb 12 2017
What is Herpes?
Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus is of two types based on the kind of infection they cause:
HSV-I: This is the oral herpes virus. It causes cold sores and blisters on the face, especially around the mouth.
HSV-II: This is cause for the outbreak of genital herpes.
Causes and Symptoms
Herpes is a very contagious STD that spreads from person to person through direct physical contact. Oral herpes spreads through physical contact like kissing or sharing utensils while genital herpes spreads through sexual contact. It is even possible to get genital herpes if someone with HSV-I performs oral sex while having cold sores.
Engaging in intercourse with an HIV-II infected person spreads the virus. People who have many sexual partners or engage in unprotected sex usually contract herpes.
Symptoms of herpes need not always be visible, could include:
- Pain while urinating
These are some of the symptoms people experience, the most common being the blistering sores around the mouth or genitals.
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