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How does genital herpes recur?

One of the most bewildering and frustrating aspects of genital herpes is the periodic outbreak of sores that infected people often experience. The herpes simplex virus (HSV) remains dormant in certain nerve cells of the body for life, causing periodic symptoms in some people while remaining dormant for life in others.

Recurrences of genital herpes can be upsetting and sometimes painful. Moreover, the emotional stress over transmitting the disease to others and disrupting sexual relations during outbreaks, as well as informing your sexual partner of your infection status, can take a toll on personal relationships. With proper counseling, improved treatments and prevenation measures, however, couples can cope with and manage the disease effectively.

Like other genital ulcer diseases, genital herpes increases both the risk of acquiring and transmitting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), by providing a point of entry or exit for HIV.

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