STD caused by two types of viruses; herpes simplex type 1 & herpes simplex type 2.
- Type 1 herpes usually appears as cold sores around the mouth and lips.
- Type 2 herpes creates blisters and sores within the genital areas.
5 Facts You Should Know
- Avoid Sexual Contact During Visible Outbreaks
Itching or pain around the groin may indicate when an outbreak is occurring.
- Consider a Herpes Test
Anyone who is concerned about the disease should consider getting tested.
- Know how Herpes Spreads
You can catch herpes through oral sex or intercourse, as well as skin-to-skin contact where the virus sheds.
- Use Condoms Wisely
Condoms can cut the risk of transmitting herpes by half.
- Understand that Herpes is not Inevitable
Using condoms, avoiding sexual contact during outbreaks, and taking special medications can significantly reduce the risk of transmission.