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Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet

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This information sheet discusses genital herpes, the STD caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). It lists symptoms; diagnosis and transmission methods, including perinatal transmission; complications of genital herpes; the effect on pregnant women and their infants; prevention measures; and the treatment to shorten or suppress outbreaks, since there is no cure for herpes. Contact information is provided for accessing the services of national health organizations.

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