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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by infection with herpes simplex virus type II, although up to 40% may be caused by type I (transferred via cold sores).
The incubation period is 3 days to 2 weeks after exposure
It is a disease in which there has been a huge increase in prevalence in the past decade, the reasons for which are debatable.
Complications occur more often in men, who also suffer more with symptoms.
Recurrent attacks are the rule rather than the exception.
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