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herpes simplex (genital infection)

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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).

  • HSV is spread through skin-to-skin contact or direct mucocutaneous contact

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.


  • 1) Beauman JG. Genital herpes: a review, Am Fam Physician 2005;72:. 1527–1534.
  • 2) Bavis MP et al. Genital Herpes: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Counseling in the Adolescent Patient. The Journal for Nurse Practitioner 2009;5(6): 415-420.


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