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How is genital herpes spread?

Genital herpes is a sexually-transmitted infection, which means that you can contract it by having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. It is usually spread by direct contact with blisters, but people without any symptoms can also spread the virus. If the mother is infected, it is possible for the virus to be passed on to a baby during childbirth, although this is not very common.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease

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