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How common is genital herpes?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Herpes simplex, the virus that causes genital herpes, is highly contagious. Genital herpes is a fairly common disease that typically spreads through sexual contact. Once someone contracts the infection, the virus remains in the body and symptoms may reoccur from time to time. Interestingly, many people with the virus show no symptoms, so they may not even know they have it. Other people may only experience one outbreak or go years before they experience another bout of symptoms.

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