What Does Herpes Do Inside Your Body?

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Herpes simplex is a viral infection that mainly affects the mouth or genital area.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

There are two strains of herpes simplex viruses:

  • Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is usually associated with infections of the lips, mouth, and face. It is the most common herpes simplex virus and many people develop it in childhood. HSV-1 often causes sores (lesions) inside the mouth, such as cold sores (fever blisters), or infection of the eye (especially the conjunc...
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