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What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually-transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) that is transmitted by having unprotected sex. Some people with the virus will not experience any symptoms, while others will develop small blisters or ulcers on or around their genitals or anus.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease


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