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Genital Herpes

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Cause

Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV.

  • HSV type 1 most commonly infects the mouth and lips, causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. It can also cause genital herpes.
  • HSV type 2 is the usual cause of genital herpes, but it also can infect the mouth.

Last Updated July 09, 2007