Genital herpes; Fever blisters; Cold sores; HSV-1; HSV-2
Transmission of Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is spread by sexual activity through skin-to-skin contact. The risk of infection is highest during outbreak periods when there are visible sores and lesions. However, genital herpes can also be transmitted when there are no visible symptoms. Most new cases of genital herpes infection do not cause symptoms and many people infected with HSV-2 are unaware that they have genital herpes.
To help prevent genital herpes transmission:
When genital herpes symptoms do appear, they are usually worse during the first outbreak than during recurring attacks. During an initial outbreak:
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