What Is Herpes Simplex?

Q:
What is herpes simplex?

A:
Herpes simplex is the infection of either the skin or the genitalia caused by either of two strains of herpes simplex virus:

  • Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is transmitted orally and is responsible for cold sores and fever blisters, typically occurring around the mouth.
  • Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) is transmitted sexually and is the main cause of the condition known as genital herpes.

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