What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the
herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes
is caused by HSV type 2.
Most people have no or minimal symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2
infection. When symptoms do occur, they usually appear as one or
more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters
break, leaving ulcers or tender sores that may take up to four
weeks to heal. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or
Although the infection can stay in the body forever, the number
of outbreaks usually decreases over a period of years. You can pass
genital herpes to someone else even when you experience no
How common is genital herpes?
About 45 million Americans, age 12 and older have genital
herpes. Its estimated that up to one million people become
infected each year. Genital Herpes (HSV-2) is more common in women
How can I get genital herpes?
Herpes is a virus that can be...
Age offers no protection against STDs. You only have to look to a recent survey from Britain that shows that the numbers of STDs in people over 50 has doubled in the past decade. In the study, nearly half of the STD cases were genital warts,which is caused by certain forms of human papilloma virus (HPV). The rates of herpes, Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis also increased.
The rate of STDs were highest in men and in those aged 55 to 59.
Other studies have found that the rates of HIV have also increased in this age group. A 2005 study found that 15% of all new HIV diagnoses were among men and women over the age of 50. And, thanks to newer therapies that have turned HIV into a chronic disease, many people who contracted the disease 10, 15 or 20 years ago are living well into mid and later life with the disease.
So, what's causing the skyrocketing rates of STDs? Some say it's the popularity of ED drugs Cialis, Levitra and Viagra or perhaps it's the increased numbers of divorces...
Definition Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection affecting the skin or mucous membranes of the genitals. Alternative Names Herpes - genital; Herpes simplex - genital; Herpesvirus 2; HSV-2 Causes, incidence, and risk factors Genital herpes is caused by two viruses: Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) causes most cases of genital herpes. HSV-2 can be spread through secretions from the mouth or genitals. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) most often causes herpes infections of the mouth and lips (commonly called cold sores or fever blisters). HSV-1 can spread from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is spread from one person to another during sexual contact. You may be infected with herpes when your skin, vagina, penis, or mouth comes into contact with someone who already has herpes. Herpes is most likely to be transmitted by contact with the skin of an infected person who ...
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