Can You Die From Herpes?


Asked by blue21

Can You Die From Herpes?

What is the risk of dying from genital herpes?


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!

Answered by Amy Tudor