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Thursday, July 23, 2009 blue21, Community Member, asks

Q: Can Herpes cause death?

What is the risk of dying from genital herpes?

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Nicole, Community Member
7/24/09 1:13am

However I'm not a doctor, I have had genital herpes for two years and it can sometimes be very painful but I promise you that you wont die from it. If I can make it threw I believe anyone can for I am very young to have the virus. 

Amy Tudor, Editor
7/ 5/14 7:22pm

Hi there, blue 21 - 


I'm not a doctor, but evidence suggests that it's nearly impossible to die from herpes. Herpes is primarily a dermtological condition caused by a virus, and it goes through dormant and active periods that can be painful and inconvenient, but they do not cause life-threatening illness. Health experts have found a link between herpes and HIV infection, in that being infected with herpes makes it easier for that person to contract HIV/AIDs.  But the herpes virus itself isn't fatal.


Here are some links that might be useful to you as you're exploring this topic:


Herpes:  Knowing the Risks

Genital Herpes: The Basics

The Truth About HSV1, HSV2 and Oral Sex


Best of luck to you!



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