Can You Get Genital Herpes From Someone Without Sexual Contact?

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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.

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