What Is Herpes?

What is herpes?

Herpes is the name of a group of viruses that cause painful blisters and sores. The most common viruses are:

  • Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 and type 2 – causes cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth and sores on the genitals (sexual organs).
  • Herpes zoster – causes chickenpox and shingles

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection. Once you are infected, you have the virus for the rest of your life.

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