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What complications can result from genital herpes?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

People who are in good health usually do not experience any additional complications from genital herpes. However, in some cases, people who have genital herpes will contract another sexually transmitted disease, such as AIDS. Women may experience urinary problems as a result of genital herpes, and men may develop proctitis, an inflammation of the rectal lining. Rarely, the herpes simplex virus can cause meningitis. Pregnant women can also pass the infection to their child.

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