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How does genital herpes affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Genital herpes is usually the result of an infection by the herpes simplex virus type 2. The virus is highly contagious, and it passes from person to person through physical contact. In most cases, people contract the disease from an infected sexual partner. The virus causes an outbreak of small red sores on the genitals, buttocks, and inner thigh, and even after the sores go away, the virus remains in the body. People may experience additional outbreaks of the virus from time to time.

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