What Is Herpes Simplex Virus?

Q:
What is herpes simplex virus?

A:
Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2), also known as human herpesvirus 1 and 2 (HHV-1 and HHV-2), are two members of the herpesvirus family, Herpesviridae, that infect humans.

Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 are ubiquitous and contagious.

They can be spread when an infected person is producing and shedding the virus.

Keyword: herpes simplex virus

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