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What increases my risk of getting genital herpes?

Genital herpes develops as a result of a virus, herpes simplex type 2. Once a person has the virus, he or she can pass it to others during an outbreak. Avoid sexual contact with anyone you know has the disease if possible, and do not have sex with anyone who has genital herpes during an outbreak. Using condoms during sex can also help prevent the spread of the disease.

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