Genital herpes is caused by a virus called Herpes simplex. It can be passed from one person to another during sexual contact.
What are the symptoms?
There are two types of herpes simplex virus – one that generally causes sores around the mouth and nose (cold sores) and another that generally causes sores in the genital area. Both viruses can affect both areas. Both are passed on by oral, vaginal or anal sex. There is a risk of passing the virus on when there are no sores present.
Find out more about genital herpes.
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