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What is Herpes?
- Herpes is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) caused by one of two Herpes Simplex Viruses–HSV-1 or HSV-2.
- Most genital herpes are caused by HSV-2.
- Cold sores and other oral herpes are more commonly caused by HSV-1.
What are Herpes Symptoms?
- Often asymptomatic (showing no signs), or showing only mild signs.
- If symptoms do occur, they appear within 2 weeks after exposure.
How is Herpes Transmitted?
- Herpes is spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex.
- Spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus.
- Herpes can be transferred from an infected person during and between outbreaks, even when sores are not present.
- Spread from mother to baby during delivery if a mother has an active infection.
How do you Test for Herpes?
- Test detects the presence of the Herpes Simplex Virus Antibodies.
- A simple blood sample is needed to test for Herpes.
What are the Complications of Herpes?
- Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications caused by Herpes.
- Infections can become severe for people with suppressed immune systems.
How is Herpes Treated?
- Treatable with medication to shorten and prevent outbreaks.
How Common is Herpes?
- Approximately 20% of the U.S. population (45 million people) over the age of 12 are infected with HSV-2, the Herpes Simplex that causes genital herpes.
- 80% are unaware they are infected.
- Nearly 80% of the adult population has oral herpes or cold sores.