Genital Herpes

What is genital herpes?

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2).

How common is genital herpes?

Genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, 16.2%, or about one out of six, people aged 14 to 49 years have genital HSV-2 infection. Over the past decade, the percentage of persons with genital herpes infection in the United States has remained stable.

Transmission from an infected male to his female partner is more likely than from an infected female to her male partner. Because of this, genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of five women aged 14 to 49 years) than in men (about one out of nine men aged 14 to 49 years).

To read more about this topic, including symptoms and treatments, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You may also wish to see related HealthyNJ pages: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Genital Warts, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis and other Sexually Transmitted Infections.

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