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Genital Herpes


Healthgrades Editorial Staff

What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a common type of sexually transmitted disease marked by outbreaks of blisters and lesions in the genital area. Genital herpes is caused by infection of the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2).

HSV-2 is the most common cause of genital herpes. About one out of six people 14 to 49 years of age has genital he