Genital herpes is a common infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It causes painful blisters on the genitals and the surrounding areas. As genital herpes can be passed to others through sexual contact, it's often referred to as a sexually transmitted infection. HSV can affect any mucous membrane (moist lining), such as those found in the mouth (cold sores). Genital herpes is a long-term condition. The virus remains in your body and can become active again and again. It can come back 4 to 5 times in the first two years after being infected. However, over time, it tends to come back less often and each...
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